The consensus here is that the Pistachio Pralines are the favorite, and while Pariani is known for Hazelnuts, their Bronte Pistachios are incredible. The Pistachio Pralines have been outselling the Hazelnuts 2 to 1 and are our client's favorite flavor, so we restocked on Pistachio. We still have Hazelnuts for those interested, which are not to be forgotten.
These Pralines are made in an Italian style where the nuts and white chocolate are turned into a paste before molding and cutting into little cubes. They have an al dente texture, very soft with the perfect amount of chew, and a nice crunch from finely ground pieces of nuts. They begin to melt on the tongue with a soft and velvety sensation that is perfectly sweet. The nuts have an explosive and rich flavor, and the addition of Italian white chocolate only amplifies their natural decadence where regular chocolate would be too strong. There is so much flavor packed into such a small bite.
We typically don't go for white chocolate, but this is the best we have ever had and are great gifts for those with a sweet tooth, satisfying enough to be an after-dinner treat, or as Pariani says, perfect for any time of day. We have two flavors here, and it's a toss-up between what is better; both are sensational, and it comes down to personal taste. Each 100-gram box contains 12 Pralines that are individually wrapped. We have the only Pralines from Pariani available in the USA. For those interested in learning more about Pariani and the nuts that go into these Pralines, check out our original offer below.
Pariani is one of the most technologically advanced food companies in Italy. Relatively new, Pariani is a family company founded in 2010 with the goal of "Research and Excellence," a Pariani Slogan. Pariani is known for its high quality nuts and nut oils but also devoted to the nutritional aspect of food. The owner wrote his dissertation on Hazelnut oil and has since invented a top-secret machine said to make the best nut oils in the world, and if you are lucky enough to visit, you will be told pictures of the machine are not allowed. Pariani has strategic facility locations in areas like Piedmonte and Sicily, so they are able to obtain the certification for nuts like Nocciola Piemonte I.G.P Hazelnuts, which is the equivalent of having to be located in Barolo to be able to put Barolo on the label of a wine bottle. Pariani sources some of the best nuts in Italy, and during a taste test we did a few weeks ago, we faced off Pariani against a good quality brand from the store, and after tasting through everything, we felt like we've been lied to our whole lives. Pariani nuts are decidedly more flavorful, fresher, succulent, and made the store-bought seem dry and bland. Such excellent texture and richness, it is unbelievable. I've never experienced a hazelnut or pistachio that lingered on the palate like a fine wine for almost a minute. One of the best sources for nuts in the world, keep an eye out for other offers from Pariani.
Hazelnuts in Piedmont are a more significant business than one would think, and one time when we were in Barolo tasting at Poderi Cola, they said that their hazelnut trees make them more money than their wines. Hazelnuts from Piedmont are considered the best in the world, and these are Nocciola Piemonte IGP, a variety of protected Hazelnut native to the Langhe. Expressive and intense with a lingering flavor rich flavor. Rich in fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acids, minerals, and omega 3s, this Hazelnut is highly energetic and is said to help prevent cardiovascular diseases.
These Pistachios come from Bronte Sicily called Bronte Pistachios and have a telltale exotic purple-hued skin. Grown on the volcanic soils of Mount Etna and are only harvested once every two years, and in years of poor quality, the farmers will prune the trees, so nothing grows. These are known as "green gold" due to their price and have a fruity, earthy, and elegant flavor that slowly builds in intensity. These are great as is but can also be used to make Pistachio Pesto. Rich in phytosterols, vitamin E, iron, and potassium said to be a powerful ally to control bad cholesterol and fight against anemia.