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Hackney Gelato Goes Back to Italian Roots with Nutty Chocolate Creation

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Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Gelato is the latest offering from London, England-headquartered Hackney Gelato. Made with milk and cream, the frozen desert is a dark chocolate treat rippled with roasted Piedmont hazelnuts from northern Italy and a sprinkle of sea salt.

The product is Hackney Gelato’s affectionate take on the classic Italian flavor Bacio, and brings together two of the brand’s most in-demand flavors. Its Hazelnut Gelato, made exclusively for restaurants, is popular among high-end chefs in the capital. The Dark Chocolate Sorbetto is their biggest seller and the highest-rated plant-based ice cream sold on the Ocado online platform.

So, it seemed only right to combine the best elements of both into this new, ultimate blend – a rich, creamy and intensely nutty dark Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Gelato.

Hackney Gelato was founded by chefs Enrico Pavoncelli and Sam Newman in 2015. First sold at Brick Lane’s Sunday market in London, their slow churned gelato and sorbetto became so popular that distribution to many of London’s best restaurants soon followed.

Six years on, Hackney Gelato has been awarded 22 Great Taste stars and is now on the menus of Michelin-starred venues. Today all products in the range are made by hand in small batches at the company’s East London kitchen.

“Bacio is a classic gelato on the menu in every gelateria in Italy. It’s indulgent and delicious. We’ve always wanted to create our own Bacio because it’s the gelato we loved most when we were kids growing up in Italy. We ate it by the bucketful when we were bambini. Our version is a little darker and richer and we love it,” said the founders in a joint statement.

The Chocolate & Roasted Hazelnut Gelato (£5.49 RRP for 500ml tubs) is available throughout the United Kingdom via Ocado, and was listed in early May at Whole Foods Market stores around London. This addition to the range comes as research shows sales of luxury ice cream rocketed during the pandemic as people sought out high-end comfort desserts.