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The Ceretto Family
The company known as Relanghe first started when the Ceretto family bought a vineyard in the Piedmont region of Italy. The purchase began with a focus in wine. However, when they stumbled upon a few acres of hazelnut trees as well, it was a surprising bonus.
Roberta Ceretto has said that the orchard was a limited and very prestigious orchard. Many believe that its’ hazelnuts are the best in the world. The family had a choice to either sell the orchard and focus on wine, or turn their discovery into something profitable. The Ceretto’s first love is wine, but candy ranks high with them as well. They ultimately decided to venture into the hazelnut candy business.
The Creation of The Relanghe Company and Brand
The family began to set up a small company called Relanghe, named after the orchard where their hazelnuts grow. They built a factory in Alba, a city known for its white truffles and the famous, Alba Cathedral. They hired skilled confectioners to work at the factory and offer expertise for the new business.
Inside the factory, fresh hazelnuts were mixed with a nougat using a hand made process, a tradition of the region. The delicious candy is made up of 50% Nocciole Piemonte (the great local hazelnuts), white cane sugar from Cuba, honey, a little vanilla, and some glucose.
The Relanghe Process
Honey and sugar are cooked together for four hours to create a soft nougat piece, or eight hours to create a crunchy nougat. The hazelnuts are roasted, bagged, and chilled until it’s time to add them to the soft nougat. The cooked candy is spread and allowed to set. Lastly, inside one of the few machines in the factory, the candy is cut and packaged accordingly. The company also produces a few other types of candies with hazelnuts, but the nougat rules in production and popularity.
Relanghe makes about one hundred tons of candy per year, and confidently claims they’re made with the best hazelnuts in the world. Interested in seeing for yourself? Their treats can be found in the United States through Corti Brothers, a store located in California.
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