Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

We mention chocolate and hazelnut spread and your inner child immediately thinks: Nutella. But, as our friend Danny Hoch puts it, This is not Nutella, folks! Marco's Cacao e Nocciole del Piemonte i.g.p. Crema Spalmabile is different. He starts with raw cacao beans, roasts them, and adjusts the sugar-to-cacao bean ratio based on each individual batch of beans. In all of the artisanal sweets he produces, his philosophy is simple: “to take away everything that is unnecessary, and try to come as close as possible to the original.” Packed with 50 percent hazelnuts, this gianduja spread is perfect for crostata Italiana, as a filling for crepes or topping for pancakes; mix a dollop into fresh gelato; or spread it onto fresh bread or warm toast for your new favorite breakfast. Or - go ahead. Grab a spoon and dig in.