Thursday, December 15, 2011

Frangelico Liqueur and Frangelico Truffles Review

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Do you love liqueurs?  Have your ever heard of Frangelico Liqueur or the Frangelico Truffles?  Frangelico Liqueur is a hazelnut liqueur.  The Frangelico Truffles are so delicious, they are absolutely mouth watering!  For this review I received one bottle of Frangelico Liqueur and one 4-piece Frangelico Truffles, after just one of the truffles I had to have the other three, they are so delicious!  I would highly recommend the Frangelico Liqueur and Frangelico Truffles!


About the Frangelico Liqueur

Produced in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, its origins date back more than 300 years to the presence of early Christian monks living in the hills of the area.

Their skills in fine food and drink would have included the art of distilling, especially the use of the wild hazelnuts and other local ingredients to create a liqueur on which Frangelico is based today.

Its name is also part of the same local legend - an abbreviation of Fra. Angelico, a hermit monk believed to have inhabited the magnificent Piedmont hills during the 17th century.

The Bottle

The Frangelico bottle is an immediate reminder of this distinctive history.  Shaped like a monk’s habit, with a traditional rope belt around its waist, it is a guarantee of authenticity and quality that links the past right through to the present day.

Production Process

Frangelico’s flavour is achieved through a four-stage process:

  1. Hazelnuts:  Local Piedmont hazelnuts are shelled, toasted and crushed.  They are then infused in a solution of alcohol and water.
  2. Distillation:  Part of the hazelnut infusion is distilled to produce a natural hazelnut distillate.
  3. Natural Flavourings:  A number of natural extracts – including cocoa and vanilla - are blended with the hazelnut infusion and hazelnut distillate to create the Frangelico concentrate.
  4. Blending:  The concentrate is blended with pure alcohol, sugar and water to achieve the required bottling strength.  It is then laid down in vats for 6-8 weeks to allow the blend to marry together and mellow.
Frangelico and the whole story falls into place.  Wonderful toasted wild hazelnuts, found only in the Italian north, combined with cocoa, vanilla berries and a host of other natural extracts that make up its complex flavour.

Tasting Notes
  • Appearance:  Pale Gold
  • Nose:   Intense hazelnut aromas
  • Palate:  Rich texture.  Pronounced but delicate hazelnut flavour with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate.  Smooth, long finish with fragrant back-note.


This glorious taste that makes Frangelico so special is the key to its versatility and popularity.  Drink it in winter and summer; to warm you up or cool you down; short or long; straight or mixed.  Try it every way.

As a classic liqueur, it’s perfect after a meal - either with coffee or in coffee.  For sheer sophistication, pour it over ice in a chunky tumbler.  Or practise your cocktail skills with some of their favourites from around the world.

Then, as you sip your glass of Frangelico, don’t forget to share the story with your friends.  Remember - it all began 300 years ago.  Frangelico is 40 Proof (20% alcohol by volume).

Tonda Gentile Nuts

Frangelico’s irresistible hazelnut taste starts with some very special hazelnuts.  They even have their own name - Tonda Gentile - and are a speciality of the northern Italian region of Piedmont where Frangelico is produced.

Tonda Gentile hazelnuts are known for being bigger, plumper and more uniform, with a skin that sheds easily, allowing for toasting without a bitter taste.  Their sweet flavour is the reason they are so sought after by internationally known confectionery brands, Ferrero Rocher and Nutella, as well as by Frangelico.

Frangelico buys around 38 tons of Tonda Gentile hazelnuts a year - all grown in the Langhe, an area of rural hills and picturesque villages in southern Piedmont which provides the perfect climate and soil.

Once toasted and distilled with alcohol, then infused with cocoa, coffee, vanilla berries and other natural flavours, those hazelnuts are miraculously transformed into 4,500,000 bottles of Frangelico for enjoyment around the world, as well as in their native Italy.

So special is the Tonda Gentile Delle Langhe hazelnut that it is the first product of the Piedmont region to hold a protected status - equivalent to DOC or Appellation Contrôlée wine classification.

Incidentally, for those who are nuts about statistics, the annual production of these exceptional hazelnuts is 14,000 tons.  With each tree bearing 35 kgs of nuts, there must be about 368,000 hazelnut trees in the region.

About the Frangelico Truffles

These artisanal holiday truffles embody the flavors of the season, blending the hazelnut flavor of Frangelico with the gourmet taste of high-quality dark chocolate.  Thanks to products like Nutella and Starbuck's flavored lattes, hazelnut is an exceptionally popular flavor right now and Maribel is so pleased to incorporate it into her products in a truly creative way!

The confections will be available at the MarieBelle chocolate boutique in New York City, online at and at select luxury department stores nationwide.  The Frangelico truffles, the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift, will be available in 4 piece, 9 piece, 16 piece and 25 piece gift boxes, with prices starting at $15.00.

The chocolate treat is best enjoyed with the Frangelico Truffle Cocktail, create by leading U.S. Master Mixologist James Moreland to perfectly complement the flavor nuances in the confection.  James states that dessert cocktails are a definite trend at the moment, with hazelnut flavor topping the list.  The Frangelico Truffle cocktail is a favorite and the ideal way to enhance your flavor experience when delighting in the taste of MarieBelle's chocolate.

Frangelico Truffle Cocktail

1 oz Frangelico
1 oz SKYY Vodka
3/4 oz Cold Espresso

Serve with ice and serve up in a cocktail or martini glass.  Dust with dark chocolate shavings.

You can find more recipes on the Frangelico website!

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A product sample was received for review. I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. The opinions expressed are my own and were NOT influenced in any way.

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