Thanksgiving Desserts: Chocolate Hazelnut Tartlets Recipe

The Fillo Factory’s Organic Mini Fillo Shells (available in small and large) provide the perfect pastry for a quick and easy dessert. Enjoy Chocolate Hazelnut Tartlets with this simple recipe for Thanksgiving dessert.

Chocolate Hazelnut Tartlets
Ingredients:
½ cup jarred hazelnut spread
24 Fillo Factory Mini Fillo Shells
Garnishes:  sweetened whipped cream, roasted salted hazelnuts
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Preparation:
Spoon hazelnut spread into a 1 quart heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag (do not seal).  Snip 1 corner of bag to make a small hole.  Pipe hazelnut spread evenly into flaky Tartlet Shells.  Top each with sweetened whipped cream and a roasted salted hazelnut.

Note:  For testing purposes only, we used Nutella for hazelnut spread.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

The recipe and photo are courtesy of The Fillo Factory.

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – FLING Chocolate

We featured FLING Chocolate in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

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photo courtesy of FLINGchocolate.com

About FLING Chocolate

In January 2009, Mars Snackfood US introduced FLING™ Chocolate – a new chocolate line that is playfully flirtatious, alluring and unapologetic in its desire to tempt women to enjoy a “naughty but not that naughty™” treat.

With more than $7 billion in annual sales in the U.S., Mars North America includes food, snack and pet care segments, which are a symbol of excellence for quality brands. Headquartered in Hackettstown, New Jersey, Mars North America employs more than 15,000 associates in the U.S., with 72 facilities nationwide. Mars Snackfood US includes some of the world’s favorite brands such as, M&M’S® Brand, SNICKERS® Brand, DOVE® Chocolate Brand, MILKY WAY® Brand, 3 MUSKETEERS® Brand, and TWIX® Brand. Additional popular brands in the petcare and food segments for Mars North America include UNCLE BEN’S® Brand, PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs, and WHISKAS® Brand Food for Cats.

FLING and Facts:

California women love indulging themselves, with chocolate as their primary indulgence. According to a survey of 500 California women, 85% have given into their chocolate indulgence in the past three months. Can chocolate be a replacement for men? Not yet, but California women confess that they enjoy chocolate as much as passionate kissing (77% enjoy chocolate, 75% enjoy passionate kissing). In 2009, satisfying your chocolate desire is a sure investment, as California women are committed to keeping their chocolate an affordable fling in their lives. Today, California women claim they are less likely to give up chocolate and splurging on clothes than other indulgent “flings” such as drinking gourmet coffee, having girls’ nights out and spa treatments.

“Every woman desires a moment of the day just for herself, to let inhibitions go and to indulge in what she fancies,” said Thomas Pinnau, Vice President of Indulgence, Mars Snackfood US. “FLING Chocolate is more than just a premium, light candy treat. It’s about embracing what we all love about chocolate while liberating ourselves from the guilt of indulging in what we desire.”

The brand uses the unconventional and liberating tagline “naughty but not that naughty” – a unique description for a daily indulgence that every woman longs for. Since March 2009, a tongue-in-cheek regional print, television and online advertising campaign has captured consumers’ imagination with innuendo-laden headlines and “naughty but not that naughty” commercials as well as a number of celebrity events.

“For FLING Chocolate, we are taking a limited market launch for unlimited learning. Our California launch is designed to deliver a successful brand and achieve our ultimate goal – to establish FLING Chocolate within the consumer’s chocolate repertoire,” said Pinnau. “This investment in product and marketing innovation will allow us to grow responsibly as we understand how to best engage the consumer in a meaningful way.”

FLING Chocolate bar
photo courtesy of FLING Chocolate

About the products:

Each decadent stick contains a delicate truffle sitting on a subtle crisp layer of meringue enrobed in shimmering, velvety chocolate that looks as good as the women who long for it.  But at under 85 calories per stick, FLING offers chocolate liberation – freeing every woman from the guilt of indulging in chocolate pleasure.  The new line offers three distinct flavors: milk chocolate, dark chocolate and hazelnut, so there’s no need to be afraid to commit to just one. 

Location:

FLING Chocolate is only available at California-based grocery, drug, mass merchandise, convenience and specialty stores. The suggested retail price is $0.79 for a Single Pack of two sticks and $3.39 for a Multi-Pack Carton of ten individually wrapped sticks. Los Angeles residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a FLING through unique sampling initiatives in their city. 

Additionally, FLING Chocolate is currently available to chocolate lovers everywhere at flingchocolate.com. To become a fan, please visit FLING Chocolate on Facebook!

Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics – Recchiuti Confections

We featured Recchiuti Confections in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

michaelAbout Recchiuti Confections:

Consuming about 11 pounds of the stuff per person every year, America eats and drinks all manner of chocolate, from the mass-marketed all-American candy bars to the imported bonbons and truffles of Belgium and France. Using words like “seductive,” “sensual,” and “decadent,” Americans claim chocolate as their favorite flavor when it comes to desserts. All this, yet most people in the United States are only familiar with super-sweet “snacking” chocolate, and have very little exposure to premium, dark chocolate and its myriad varieties and complex flavor profiles. Enter Recchiuti Confections, an artisan company in San Francisco on a mission to introduce consumers to “real” chocolate and to share with people what it was meant to be. There’s no going back – one bite of these handcrafted morsels will change the way you think about chocolate forever.

Recchiuti Confections was created by Michael Recchiuti and his wife Jacky Recchiuti in 1997. Michael, a self-trained chocolatier, spent many years in the test kitchen experimenting with herbal and other infusions before finally brining his creations to the masses. He founded Recchiuti Confections with the idea that once you introduce truly exquisite chocolates to people, they will be won over instantly and forever. Then, as now, he achieved those exquisite chocolates by painstakingly selecting each ingredient – all natural – that would go into the final creation. Michael is constantly on the lookout for the freshest herbs and spices that make Recchiuti Confections a necessary indulgence and have made them an obsession to consumers nationwide.

About the products:

Everything at Recchiuti Confections is handmade in small batches using traditional European techniques.

Over time, other confections were added to the Recchiuti repertoire including dessert sauces that taste as good straight from the jar as they do over ice cream, over-sized gourmet chocolate bars, heavenly Fudge Brownies, chocolate-coated Key Lime Pears and a do-it-yourself S’mores Kit. Here are two of their most popular products:

recchiuti confectionsCreativity Explored Box III (3.5 oz, 8 pieces) $21 **This is a gift that gives back!**
Recchiuti Confections released brand new collection of art-adorned chocolates. The third in the Creativity Explored series features the work of Vincent Jackson, Bay Area artist and long-time CE studio contributor. Pieces of Burnt Caramel chocolate serve as tiny canvases inspiring the artist to create something compelling, beautiful and delicious. 
 
Your purchase of the Creativity Explored series helps the organization continue its work. each sale goes to Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.

 

recchiuti confectionsBlack Box (16 pieces; 8 ounces) $44
A chocolate assortment containing Tarragon Grapefruit, Burnt Caramel, Lavender Vanilla, Sur de Lago, Lemon Verbena, Spring Jasmine Tea, Pearl Mint Tea and Star Anise & Pink Peppercorn, Ginger Heart, Force Noir, Kona Coffee, Sesame Nougat, Rose Caramel, Candied Orange Peel, Bergamot Tea and Piedmont Hazelnut.
 
Awards:

In 2005 Michael’s book Chocolate Obsession (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), co-authored with renowned pastry expert Fran Gage, was released to wide acclaim; the book was a finalist at the 2006 James Beard Awards and won high honors for photography and design at the 2006 International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference.

Recchiuti creations have received praise from hundreds of upscale consumer publications, critics and the food and wine industry in general. Currently, new chocolates and confections are being developed with Michael finding new ways to make the chocolate consuming public happy and…obsessed.

Locations:

In 2003, Recchiuti Confections opened its first retail store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building Marketplace; the renovated historic building has become a mecca for the artisan food community and a destination point for food lovers everywhere. Meanwhile, chocolate lovers across the U.S. are able to purchase online at www.recchiuti.com

Alter Eco’s Line of Fair Trade, Artisan-Quality Chocolate

We featured Alter Eco in our Chocolate Manufacturers – Guide for Chocoholics.

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photo courtesy of Alter Eco

Alter Eco offers consumers everywhere a tasty opportunity to help provide farmers and communities in the global south with fair wages, direct trade and funding for community development, scholarships, women’s empowerment programs and more with a full line of Fair Trade Certified™ gourmet chocolate bars. The chocolate is crafted with passion by a master chocolatier in Switzerland and blended to perfection.

Alter Eco’s Fair Trade Certified chocolate bars are available in a variety of tantalizing flavors including:
• Dark Chocolate Velvet (hint of organic milk)
• Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Twist (with crystallized orange peel)
• Milk Chocolate Moka, Dark Chocolate Almond
• Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut
• Milk Chocolate Cajou (with raisins and cashews for a tender and crunchy texture).

Through small farmers’ dedication to safeguarding their cultural heritage and preserving their environment, the difference in Alter Eco’s Organic and Fair Trade Certified products can be tasted in its freshness and purity. By selling on Fair Trade terms, the farmers are able to invest in high-quality production, increase their incomes and improve their living standards. Alter Eco believes in providing consumers with delicious products that they need and love with an ethical integrity. Alter Eco has even gone as far as becoming Carbon Zero Certified by taking responsibility for their carbon emissions by replanting the rainforest!

dark-chocolate-mintThe Alter Eco range of Fair Trade products are of the highest quality, ensured by the care small farmers give to their land. Each product is cultivated using sustainable farming methods that preserve the local agricultural biodiversity including natural fertilizers are used both for economic reasons as well as a way to ensure good health for the farmers and they land they work on. The Alter Eco brand reflects diversity in the faces, shapes, colors, landscapes, traditions and cultures of the small farmers who cultivate them.

Each product has a unique story and an authentic fragrance that will take gourmet enthusiasts on a journey of discovery from the kitchen to the foothills of the Himalayas and beyond. Experience the decadent flavors of Alter Eco knowing that Alter Eco’s Fair Trade products are good for health, people, and the planet! For more information please visit their website.

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