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Nutella bread 12-2015.jpg
Nutella, seen here spread on bread, is a type of gianduia spread
Type Nougat
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Turin, Piedmont
Main ingredients Chocolate, hazelnut paste

Gianduia or gianduja ( Piedmontese: giandoja ) is a sweet chocolate spread containing about 30% hazelnut paste, invented in Turin during Napoleon's regency (1796–1814).


The Continental System, imposed by Napoleon in 1806, prevented British goods from entering European ports under French control, putting a strain on cocoa supplies. A chocolatier in Turin named Michele Prochet extended the little chocolate he had by mixing it with hazelnuts from the Langhe hills south of Turin. From a base of gianduja, Turin-based chocolate manufacturer Caffarel invented gianduiotto in 1852.

It takes its name from Gianduja, a Carnival and marionette character who represents the archetypal Piedmontese, natives of the Italian region where hazelnut confectionery is common.

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