when we lived in italy, kinder eggs and baci were my top two contenders for favorite candy. the kinder egg had the toy inside and the baci had a little message wrapped around the dark chocolate/hazelnut candy. i even remember the first time i could read the messages by myself. i know that you can find these candies all over the states now, but even so i get a little thrill when i see them on a grocery store shelf.
yesterday i tried to make nutella (the fifth ingredient in nutella is milk so for now it is on the verboten foods list), but it actually came out more like a melted baci spread (wouldn’t that make it something like baciella?…or does that sound a bit too much like a disease?).
gale gand has a recipe for chocolate hazelnut spread in her book Gale Gand’s Brunch! so i subbed dark chocolate for the milk chocolate and added a bit more powdered sugar. as far as a texture comparison to nutella? i like to say mine is a bit more rustic. i’d be kidding myself if i didn’t say i love the industrially smooth nutella, but i have no idea how to accomplish that. but baci candies are on the crunchy side so if i think of them, the rusticity doesn’t bother me so much.