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I am not a candy expert, but when we travel in Europe, I like to try some of the candies that you find in the stores. These are my favorites for Italy.
Note: Pocket Coffee, and some other chocolate candies, are not available in Italy in the summer. They are available only when the weather is cooler (they deteriorate in the heat).
Our favorite Italian candy is Pocket Coffee (by Ferrero), "pralines of fine chocolate filled with real Italian espresso coffee". You will find these everywhere - at the Autogrill, at the caffes, in the grocery stores. They are very popular. I was told that you cannot get them in summer (it is too hot to ship chocolate). They become available in September. We did notice one year that there were none in the shops at the start of our trip, but by late September we saw them in stores. They also sell a chocolate covered cherry candy, Mon Cheri.
"La carica del caffe e l'energia del cioccolato"
Ordering Pocket Coffee Online
I found a site where you can order them online in the US.
The price is $16.55 per box of 32. In 2003, we paid 1.70 euro for a box of 5. That is $2.05 for 5 - $0.41 each. So, if you bought them in Italy in packages of 5, you would pay $13.12. This site sells them for $16.55; not bad (and cheaper when you add in plane fare).
Other Italian Candies
Our December 2003 trip to Rome involved us in "Candy Research". The best place that I found for buying candy, was Della Palma, the well known Gelateria, a couple of blocks from the Pantheon. Standing with your back to the Pantheon, take the street in the upper right corner. In two blocks, you will see Della Palma on your left.
Della Palma, Via della Madalena, 20, Rome
There are two rooms. The first room has the gelato and some bins of candies. But it is the second room, with the coffee bar, that has the best candy. Here they have baskets of candy displayed. You will find small bags that you can fill up with each type of candy or small baskets where you can put the candies. Bring them to the cashier and they weigh them and you pay there.
My favorite were these small hard candies which were chocolate surrounding a fruit center. I finished my last one the other day. Feletti Bon Bon.
And these ones were Rum flavored chocolate truffle. There is a web site listed on that wrapper, but there is no site at the address. Cuba Rhum.
And finally, these nougatty ones that are so popular. Condorelli il Torronino.
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