Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Rigoni di Asiago - Spreads

One of my fondest childhood memories is eating a Nutella sandwich in the playground. There was something about Nutella. Fast forward to my fabulous, cruelty-free, vegan life nowadays and Nutella is all but a memory. But, in its place is now a fantastic Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread by Rigoni di Asiago.

Rigoni di Asiago is a family-owned company from Italy that produces organically farmed jam and chocolate spreads. After their chocolate spread received the coveted Sofi award for 2017 Best New Product by the Specialty Food Association, I think they got everyone's attention. So, their recent foray into the U.S. food market was clearly noticed and acknowledged.

I had the lovely opportunity to try three of their products: the Fig Fruit Spread, Strawberry Fruit Spread, and Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread. As you can tell, it is the Nocciolata Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread that blew me away. Spread on a fresh baguette purchased just this morning, the balance of hazelnut and chocolate couldn't be more perfect. It was like Nutella, but all natural and even more delicious. With mostly organic ingredients including cane sugar, hazelnut paste, sunflower oil, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin, and vanilla extract, there's nothing artificial in this jar.

The Fiordifrutta Fig Spread was also very good. Made of just figs, apple juice, and pectic, it was the perfect level of sweetness.

Teh Fiordifrutta Strawberry Spread was okay, but I missed some sweetness. Maybe I'm used to sugar-sweetened a bit too much as this is only apple juice sweetened and, obviously, much healthier than your typical spread.  They say they make the only three-ingredient fruit spreads on the market.

They even make a low-glycemic sweetener made from organic apples.

As this company has been infiltrating the U.S., I've noticed their products in my local grocery stores including Yes! Organic Market in DC. If they are not available near you, you can find their products on Amazon here.

You simply must buy the chocolate spread. I promise you won't regret it. Dip strawberries in it while sipping wine in your bubble bath tonight! You know that sounds appealing. :-)

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that in no way influenced my veracious opinion.

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