What exactly are hazelnuts? Hazelnuts, also known as filberts, have a sweet, exotic flavor and distinctive texture. Hazelnuts or the hazelnut flavor can typically be found in coffee, products like Nutella and Frangelico as well as premium chocolate. There are more than 100 varieties of hazelnuts grown throughout the world and more than 70 percent of the world crop comes from the beautiful Black Sea coastal area of Turkey and agricultural areas outside of Istanbul. Lindt’s Master Chocolatiers source hazelnuts from Turkey and use them in a variety of recipes including boxed chocolates, bars, and most recently, Lindor!
With the success of the Hazelnut Lindor truffle in Europe, the Lindt Master Chocolatiers are excited to launch the Hazelnut Lindor truffle on a nationwide basis here in the United States. Although this delicious flavor has been available in Lindt retail shops and online, consumers now have the opportunity to taste this truffle at stores they frequent every day! Unlike most of Lindor’s truffle recipes, which have a smooth filling and a smooth shell, the Hazelnut truffle features pieces of hazelnuts, called “inclusions,” in the shell. The Hazelnut truffle is the only Lindor milk recipe with inclusions to give the truffle additional hazelnut flavor and a little crunch with the smooth melting milk filling. Some of you may be familiar with the concept of “inclusions” if you’ve tried Lindt’s Stracciatella recipe. However, the Stracciatella recipe has pieces of cocoa nibs in a white chocolate shell with a white chocolate center, inspired by “cookies n cream” ice cream.
If you could create any Lindor truffle, what would it be?