10 Festive Foodie Treats from Sabato
Christmas is the perfect time of year to indulge you or your family’s inner foodie and try some delicious seasonal favourites. Sabato in Auckland imports the very best European delicacies from Italy and Spain, rich in heritage and tradition. The Sabato range of confectionery and sweet treats have all been carefully curated from the top suppliers in their fields. Whether you are shopping for friends, family or even yourself, something sweet and beautifully packaged is always a winner at Christmas.
1. Flamigni Panettone
Panettone is a universally recognised symbol of Christmas, which the Italian company Flamigni has been making since 1930. The tradition of giving and eating Panettone dates back to the middle ages, in the 14th century it was a Christmas gift from Italian bakers to their customers. Panettone is a light but festive treat that is delicious with a cup of coffee or a glass of Andreola prosecco.
2. Venchi Rhum Nougat
Italian Chocolatiers Venchi has been producing beautiful chocolate since the 1800s; Piedmont chocolate is prized all over the world. Their Rhum Nougat is made with dark chocolate, Cuban rum, hazelnuts and rum syrup. This boozy nougat is a sophisticated option for chocolate lovers this Christmas.
3. Christmas mince pies
Mince pies are a festive essential; the Sabato version is made to a family recipe and stuffed with fruit mincemeat. Served warm with cream or alongside a cup of tea they are a mouthwatering Christmas tradition.
4. Masoni Panforte
The Masoni family has been making Panforte for over 130 years, which makes them the longest-serving dynasty making the Italian sweet today. The Masoni Panforte is stuffed with traditional ingredients including figs, walnuts, apricots and pears; the chewy desert is similar to a Florentine, but larger and thicker. It makes an exquisite after dinner snack eaten with tawny port or coffee.
5. Flamigni Soft Nougat with Almonds
Nougat has been associated with Christmas for centuries all over southern Europe; the origins of the confectionery go even further back, there are recipes dating to Roman times. Flamigni nougat is artisan made, soft and scented with honey. The nougat comes packaged in a gold box, a truly gorgeous festive gift.
6. Venchi Gianduja Cremino
This is an ideal present for the confectionery connoisseur in your life. The Venchi cremino bar consists of layers of white, milk and dark gianduja which is a delicious blend of Piedmontese hazelnuts, cocoa and cocoa butter.
7. Cudié Catànies
Cudié has been making confectionery from a base just outside Barcelona since the 1960s, it draws on the rich culinary history of the Catalan area. Cudié Catànies are a scrumptious mix of nuts and praline. Spanish Marcona almonds are caramelised, then smothered with nut praline and dusted with cocoa to create this tempting snack.
8. Vicens Bitter Salted Chocolate Turrón
This almond and chocolate treat is a sophisticated play on the classic combination of salty and sweet, with an additional kick of pepper. The Spanish family-owned company Torrons Vicens has been producing confectionary since 1775.
9. Fiasconaro Panettone
Fiasconaro Panettone is made in Sicily and contains Marsala and Zibibbo a sweet wine that is unique to the island. The Panettone comes packaged with impeccable Italian style and makes an impressive gift for the season. Panettone is delicious eaten simply but can also be made into a superior version of bread and butter pudding.
10. Vicens Turrón de Oro
For complete and utter luxury at Christmas you can’t go past edible gold leaf! These individually packaged circles of almond nougat are covered in gold leaf and would make a lovely stocking filler for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life.
57 Normanby Rd, Mount Eden, Mt Eden 1024
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