At August Töpfer & Co., you can find all manner of hazelnuts with various degrees of processing. In addition to untreated and blanched kernels, our range also includes chopped, ground, roasted and flaked varieties for use in baked goods, cereals and healthy snacks. You receive a high-quality product ideally tailored to your needs.
Hazelnut purees and hazelnut pastes have become increasingly popular in recent years. Vegetarians, vegans and health-conscious people in particular use the aromatic products as a spread, an ingredient in smoothies and cereals or for further processing into energy balls and fresh desserts. In order to manufacture hazelnut products, either fresh or roasted kernels are gently ground until the natural oils are released and a creamy paste is obtained. If a layer of oil subsequently forms on the surface during storage, this is not a sign of low quality but a normal process. Depending on the recipe, many hazelnut pastes also contain other ingredients such as cocoa, sugar, oils, spices or milk components. These products containing hazelnut are popular as a sweet, spread or addition to homemade desserts and pralines.
Gianduia hazelnut products
The exotic-sounding gianduia refers to the dark variety of nougat and has nothing in common with white nougat beyond its name. To make gianduia nougat, hazelnuts are roasted and ground – much like in the production of hazelnut paste. For a more intense flavour and a particularly creamy consistency, additional ingredients are added to the product including icing sugar, cocoa butter and other plant-based fats, milk powder and ground nut brittle. Gianduia owes its existence to a financial emergency: in order to bypass high customs duties on cocoa during the Napoleonic era, French chocolate manufacturers combined it with ground hazelnuts, thus inventing the type of nougat that is highly popular today.
Brittle refers to chopped and typically roasted nuts of 1-4 mm that are made particularly crispy by combining with caramelised sugar. Depending on the manufacturer, application and degree of hardness, it contains honey or varieties of syrup as well as different types of dried fruits. For the production of hazelnut brittle, sugar is melted and caramelised before the chopped nuts are stirred in. The resulting mass is dried and then crushed. Brittle is suitable as decoration for desserts and baked goods and gives confectionery a certain crunchiness.
Hazelnut praline grains / paste
Our range of hazelnut products also include 1-3 mm praline grains – a delicious combination of sugar and roasted nuts. After caramelising, the sugar and nut mixture is finely ground until a creamy texture is achieved (depending on the production process). Praline paste is available as a paste (max. 50% sugar) and adds an incredibly decadent flavour to confectionery thanks to the intense aromas from roasting and the very dark caramelised sugar. Combined with cocoa, this hazelnut product is ideally suited to dark ganache, praline fillings and ice cream. Moreover, this product is also used by industry to cut out additional production steps.