Did you know that It’s Chocolate Week in Italy?

The Italian food festival is taking place in Italy  with Eurochocolate starting on October 15 to  October 24  in the home town of Baci Perugina and lasting ten days.

October the 12th was  renewed as the traditional appointment of   Chocoday, the National Cocoa and Chocolate Day, conceived and promoted by Eurochocolate in collaboration with Fairtrade Italia,  fair-trade products certified , with the aim of promoting in Italy and around the world Pure chocolate.

Every year, Perugia in Umbria hosts the chocolate festival, with tastings, events and exhibitions. The public can visit workshops of chocolate makers.  Sounds like a chocolate-lover’s dream come true.

Also in   Rome’s San Lorenzo section, there is a Chocolate Factory where you can taste Chocolate pralines  with a soft ricotta filling, pizza bianco with dark chocolate, and a rare cacao liqueur.

Visitors will delight in the ancient chocolate machinery that still functions, the chocolate molds displayed on the walls next to plush chairs for sipping your chocolate beverage from the chocolate bar.

Sounds so wonderful , that I’m bookmarking the site for next time that we travel to Italy to make sure it is during the fall.

The chocolate factory in Rome was founded by Aldo De Mauro in 1923  and is current owner is called  Said, Societa Anonima Industria Dolciumi (SAID) has been around since 1923.

It is on via Tiburtina in the San Lorenzo area of the city.

Culturally, Italians do not favor eating chocolates in summer and the factory ceases operation during the hot months of June, July, August; hence, the best time to visit the SAID premises to taste its hot chocolate and other chocolate products is in November and December, when one can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace and the comfort of its plush sofas. The bistro on premises is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Chocolate Recipe:

Brunsli (Swiss Brownies) or Christmas Brownies-cookies

Ingredients for approximately 50 cookies (depending on the size of a single cookie):

Ricette• 150 g (5 ounces) sugar
• 1 pinch of salt
• 250 g (9 ounces) grind almonds
• ¼ tea spoon cinnamon
• 1 pinch of clove powder
• 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons of flour
• 2 fresh white of egg (about 70 g (2.5 ounces))
• 100 g (3.5 ounces) bitter chocolate
• 2 tea spoons of kirsch

1. Mix sugar, salt, almonds, cinnamon, clove powder, cocoa powder and flour in a bowl.
2. Add white of egg and stir until ingredients are evenly distributed.
3. Cut chocolate in real small pieces, pour hot water over the chocolate, let rest for about 5 minutes, then pour off all water except about half a tablespoon, stir until even. Now immediately proceed with the next step.
4. Add melted chocolate from the previous step and the kirsch, knead to a soft dough.
5. Roll out dough on a flat surface (it may be slightly covered with sugar), approximately 10 mm (0.4 inches) thick. Put out different shapes and put them on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
6. Let them rest for about 5 to 6 hours or over night in a dry place.
7. Bake for about 4 to 6 minutes in the center of the pre-heated oven at 250 °C (480 °F).
8. Let cool completely before serving.

A Note to all visitors:

Welcome,  Benvenuto. Please tell  me know what you think of this post and how the recipe for the brunsi ( christmas brownies)  turned out when you baked it.



Swirling Hershey Kiss Paper

Swirling Hershey Kiss Paper

Tour Guide inside Hershey Trolley

Tour Guide inside Hershey Trolley

Chocolate Avenue, Hershey

Chocolate Avenue, Hershey

Red 50s Car with Fins

Red 50s Car with Fins

Kiss Streetlight in Hershey Museum

Kiss Streetlight in Hershey Museum

Hershey, Pa is a great  place to go for both the young and young at heart.  After all, many poeple love chocolate in it’s many forms and tastes.  Driving along Chocolate Avenue, it’s great fun to see the street lights are built like  enormous Hershey kisses. While at Chocolate World, we took the indoor ride that explains the chocolate making process.  Many years ago, I came here and the tours were still in the actual Chocolate factory.  My mother relayed to me that she remembers the workers stop to wave at us looking through the display glass windows.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Trolley ride and tour of Chocolate town.  The tour operator was retired and a former graduate of the Milton S. Hershey school. By coming  back, he shares  the wonderful experience he had.   To learn about the history of how it all started , it’s worth the time to spend an hour  in the Hershey Museum.  We spent more time than planned  in the Hershey museum; it was raining.  Perhaps we’ll come back another time to explore  Hershey Park; They are closing the museum and building a bigger one with a visitor center.  They plan to open a Ballroom like they had here years ago  as ballroom dancing has made a comeback. We had a  lunch in the Hershey hotel.   That was a delicious dessert that we shared at the Fountain room in Hershey Hotel- flourless chocolate cake and raspberry sorbet.  It tasted thick and rich like a mousse.  We did not stay there;  Since vacation was only approved one week before this trip, sadly the Hershey Hotel  was all booked.  The place we stayed at was comfortable and clean.  The included continental breakfast had mostly everthing you might want for breakfast.  On the last day,  we went to the American Antique Automobile musem.  Cars from the 1900’s through 1970’s were there; creatively displayed with period backgrounds.  It was 50’s day that day.  More 50’s cars were in the parking lot.

A word about Comments:

Hello, I’m glad you stopped by for a visit.  We’d be happy to know if you have visited  the land of chocolate, Hershey, Pa. and what you thought.

I have many more pictures , if you like , Ill add more.

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