Chocolate wars: what’s Italy’s real chocolate making capital?

Vintage artwork, initial concept designed by artist Federico Seneca for Perugina in 1922. (courtesy Perugina Nestlè Italia)

Vintage artwork, initial concept designed by artist Federico Seneca for Perugina in 1922. (courtesy Perugina Nestlè Italia)

In Italy you know Winter has finally arrived when, upon entering a café in the mid-afternoon, the comforting scent of hot chocolate and whipped cream embraces you like an old friend. Now, hot chocolate in Italy is a serious thing: thick  and dark, sometimes flavored with hazelnuts, mint or vanilla, it is something you eat, rather than drink. With or without cream topping it, with or without cookies, hot chocolate is the ultimate comfort treat during the cold, snow-filled days of the...

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