First up was the Meranetti which are chocolate cupcakes filled with gianduja chocolate cream. These are individually wrapped (four to a box) which makes for a perfect portion controlled snack – not to mention it keeps each cupcake moist. What’s nice about these cupcakes is that they are not overly sweet but have a rich cocoa flavor that really comes through. The filling is also not too sweet with the cocoa flavor perfectly complemented with a subtle hint of hazelnut.
The Cioccolini are small chocolate cookies with a chocolate cream filling hidden inside. Again, these were not overly sweet with a subtle sweetness that allowed the chocolate notes to really shine. While these were good, I was expecting the cream centers to be soft and they were in fact hard. I am not sure if this was the normal filling consistency or if these were just a bit off. They were perfectly sealed and one year within the consume by date so not sure what was up with them. They were still good but would have preferred a softer center.
I love traveling around the world and seeing what some familiar companies are doing in local regions. Hopefully more and more of the international brands with a U.S. presence with continue to expand their product offerings by bringing over some of their popular regional products.
Now if I can just figure out why Schär in the United States is pronounced incorrectly sans umlaut, even by the brand…drives this German-educated Celiac nuts :-).