Baci di Dama – Hazelnut Butter Biscuits with Dark Chocolate Filling, 350g (Back in stock soon)
Traditional Piemontese hazelnut and butter biscuits with a dark chocolate filling.
Baci di Dama means “Lady’s Kisses” Each biscuit is baked then cooled, piped with the chocolate filling one side, then lovingly “kissed” together every single time by hand. They are then gently placed, one by one, into the jar, which you can use again and again.
Baci di dama originates from a Panoficio in the town of Tortona in the Northern Italian region of Piemonte. They were created in the 19th Century as a way to utilize hazelnuts that are local to the Piedmont region.
According to a legend, and who doesn’t like a story of legend at Christmas, Baci di dama was born from the mind of a cook of the Savoy family in the autumn of 1852, after Vittorio Emanuele II asked him to develop a new sweet. This is why the fondant chocolate that unites the two halves in a marriage of taste, is claimed to be of royal origin.
Moving away from the cities, Piedmont is known for its connection to the Alps. Almost half of the region is covered by mountains, making it one of Italy’s top skiing destinations. The geography of the region generates great agricultural farm land and it is best known for its grapes and wine production. Barolo and Barbaresco red wines are made from the Nebbiolo grape, and the sparkling Asti Spumante comes from the Moscato grape.
Besides wine, the region also produces a vast amount of Italian risotto rice. Arborio, Carnaroli and 11 other varieties of rice are grown in paddy fields, irrigated by river water.