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Gourmet chocolate: the 2021 Advent calendars – Italian Cuisine


Is it really Christmas without a chocolate Advent calendar? Marking the days in the most gluttonous way is not only the prerogative of the little ones: this year the Advent calendars are signed by the most famous Chocolatiers – so that Mayan gold lovers and lovers do not give up the magic of waiting


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For many of us, as children, the countdown in anticipation of Christmas was measured by opening a window every day behind which, we knew, a sweet was hidden. They have been around for some time Advent calendars intended for adults and can conceal anything from vintage gin to lucky trinkets, from high-end make-up products to teas and herbal teas, to real jewels – but nothing is able to bring to mind the enchantment of Christmas past – without wishing to bother with the relative Phantom of a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – like the thought of unwrapping every day that chocolate gem – whether it is white, dark, milk or caramel – that hides behind every window.

A story from… fairytale

After the nativity scene and the tree, the advent Calendar it is one of the most representative symbols of Christmas. From the beginning of the month, it marks the time of Advent, until December 25th. But how did this custom come about?

Advent calendars as we know them today first appeared at the beginning of the 20th century in Northern Europe, thanks to the intuition of a publisher from Maulbronn, Gerhard Lang (1881-1974). By printing the first Advent calendar, the German spread throughout the Christian world a deeply rooted practice among local women, who used to give children a sweet for each day in December, in order to make the waiting for birth more pleasant. of the Child Jesus and at the same time teaching the little ones to count. Gerhard Lang devised a first version of the calendar with colored images and the first copy was printed in his printing house, the "Richold & Lang". Lang later modified his calendars to include small doors that, when opened, "revealed" the images: this version of the calendar was a smash hit and influenced modern incarnations.

But when does chocolate arrive?

The classic Advent calendar with chocolates was born on the wave of postwar abundance, the first in fact dates back to 1958. The company British Cadbury he then started the regular inclusion of chocolate treats in his Advent calendars in 1971. In Italy, it was the Galli pastry shop in Milan, one of the first to offer Advent calendars, made of fabric and full of … sweetness.

Greedy First Advent signed Valrhona: the brand – one of the major reference points in the world of chocolate and haute patisserie – launches its first Advent Calendar at Christmas 2021 where the 24 windows hide almonds and hazelnuts covered with milk or dark chocolate, pralines, cereals crunchy malt topped with Blond Dulcey… a feast for the gourmet palate.

The Prestige calendar by is also deluxe Venchi: in book format with door and hinged door, rich in colors, in its internal drawers – with which to compose 4 different Christmas images – it hides 28 assorted chocolates to meet all tastes. Alongside the classic milk and dark chocolate, there are the creamy and crunchy, the Gianduia and the Tiramisu.

High percentages of cocoa and premium quality ingredients characterize Lindt Excellence tasting tablets and Lindt's 2021 novelty, the Excellence Advent Calendar. Twenty-four greedy squares with the most refined recipes of the line (Lindt Excellence Orange Intense, Lindt Excellence 70% and
85% cocoa).

Bonet, hazelnut, pistachio or dark chocolate? The surprises proposed by the 2021 Advent calendar of Bodrato Chocolate: the artisan company of Novi Ligure offers its filled chocolates, gianduiotti and truffles to young and old to sweeten the rhythm of the days of December.

The 24 assorted chocolates (dark chocolate, green and black butter milk chocolate, dark chocolate with ginger, milk chocolate, 70% dark cocoa and 85% dark cocoa) that are hidden in the Advent Calendar are based on organic milk. 2021 of Green & Black.

Forrest Gump "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what happens to you"

December 2021
Francesca Tagliabue

Posted on 01/12/2021


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Cookie Advent Calendar – Italian Cuisine

»Cookie Advent Calendar

Combine sugar and honey in a saucepan and heat over low heat, so that they melt, but without coming to a boil.

Put the flour and baking soda in a bowl, add the egg first, then the slightly softened butter, then the mandarin with the spices and finally the mixture of honey and sugar.
Wrap the dough with cling film and let it rest in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

Take the dough, roll it out on a lightly floured surface with a thickness of about 3mm and first cut out a 13×20 cm rectangle and then some 3×3 cm squares. With the leftover pastry create cookies with the Christmas molds.

Brush with milk and cook at 180 ° C in a preheated convection oven: the rectangle for about 10-15 minutes …

… and the squares for 8 minutes, then let them cool down well.

Prepare the ice by mixing egg white and powdered sugar and decorate your biscuits as you like, numbering them from 1 to 24 and then attaching them to the rectangle with a little bit of ice (so that to eat each biscuit you will have to remove it from the rectangle), then let it dry .

The cookie Advent calendar is ready, you just have to enjoy it.

The advent calendar of chefs – Italian Cuisine

The advent calendar of chefs

Italy must not stop cooking … especially at Christmas! Here is the new initiative to support restaurateurs and learn new Christmas recipes directly from great chefs

This year the Advent calendar is not just about eating! The project Italy Keeps On Cooking, in collaboration with Eataly, launches a series of cooking courses in streaming to support restaurateurs and give everyone the opportunity, even from a distance, to share their passion for cooking.

From the beginning of December until Christmas Eve, 24 chefs between starred and emerging will hold cooking classes in streaming, individual or group, which will involve the participants thanks to a Collectible Christmas Box illustrated by Serena Pretti and made with ecological material: inside there will be the kitchen apron, the complete recipe and some ingredients, selected by Eataly, to enhance the food and wine excellence of our territory.

Italia Keeps On Cooking: the protagonists

The chefs who will hold the cooking courses in streaming will be the following: Franco Aliberti, Marco Ambrosino, Daniel Canzian, the couple formed by Chiara Pavan and Francesco Brutto, Matteo Dolcemascolo, Federico Trobbiani, Luca Natalini, Mirko Ronzoni, Wicky Priyan, Eugenio Boer , Andrea Zazzara, Gianluca Fusto, Ugo Alciati, Giancarlo Perbellini, Davide Caranchini, Andrea Berton, the brothers Christian and Manuel Costardi, Lorenzo Cogo, Niccolò Rizzi, Eugenio Roncoroni, Alberto Gipponi, Cristina Bowerman, Luigi Taglienti and Roberto Di Pinto.

In addition, on 13 and 16 December, there will be two events dedicated to Christmas cocktail. Together with Guglielmo Miriello, bar manager of Ceresio 7 in Milan, you will be able to learn how to create three great classics of mixology: French 75, Vintage Negroni and Old Fashioned.

The complete calendar of chefs with their respective Christmas themed recipes you can consult it by clicking here.

Italy Keeps On Cooking

Italia Keeps On Cooking is the movement born last March on the occasion of the agency's first lockdown Alessia Rizzetto PR & Communication. A project created to morally support the protagonists of the restaurant world and concretely the Luigi Sacco hospital in Milan. A social fundraising campaign that started in Milan and then went viral thanks to the more than 1600 people who wore the apron that invited them to “never stop cooking”. An appeal to be understood in the broadest sense of the term: Italy must remain united to continue churning out ideas, projects and recipes.

"Remaining faithful to the claim 'Italia Keeps On Cooking', which in recent months has become our mantra, we have reacted to the persistence of current restrictions by churning out an 'out of the ordinary' project, which could demonstrate to restaurateurs our closeness to them. . The enthusiasm with which our idea was received makes us understand how Italian chefs want to get involved, to express their creativity and to share their dishes – albeit virtually – with all those who can't wait to to be able to go back to the restaurant Alessia Rizzetto, founder of the homonymous communication and public relations agency.

"We are happy to be able to support this project, which we had already followed as spectators since its inception, while enhancing the excellence of Italian products. Never before have we wanted to support the world of catering and bring the carefree care that quality food and a cooking lesson can offer to the homes of the 'Eatalians' ", he adds Clotilde Balassone, Head of Marketing of Eataly.

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