Made with care by a second-generation master chocolatier, this assortment of Guido Gobino’s signature soft gianduja chocolates known as Tourinot is an exquisite taste of Piedmont. Known as the chocolate capital of Italy, the Piedmont region is home to a number of the country’s top artisans—and Guido Gobino is considered one of the best.
There’s no sweet more characteristically Piedmontese than gianduja. It was created out of necessity in the early 1800s when Napoleon blocked all French allies—including Italy—from trading goods with the British. This restriction on British supplies included cocoa, which forced Italian chocolatiers to get a bit creative to stretch their supply. They turned to an ingredient they had in abundance: the plump, flavorful hazelnuts that grow in the Langhe mountains, just south of Turin. The chocolate masters created a spread of roughly 70% cocoa and 30% hazelnut paste, and gianduja was born! Today, Turin is famous for this delicious chocolate innovation.
In 1964, Giuseppe Gobino took his experience as a cocoa refiner to the candy business, establishing an artisan chocolate shop in Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region. Today, his son Guido carries on his legacy of excellence. Aside from the chocolate, which is carefully selected from Central and South America, every ingredient in their products is purely Italian. The raw cacao beans are roasted and processed in their own state-of-the-art facility, as are the hazelnuts they source directly from local farmers. Milk comes from Piedmontese dairy farmers, and even the sugar is from Italian beets. Every step of the chocolate-making process is managed by hand to ensure the highest quality in every bite.