In Torino in the early 18th century chocolate began to be processed and solidified, creating delicious products for satisfying the Court of Savoy. This led to the invention of gianduiotti, chocolates, pralines, cakes, biscuits, pinguino ice-creams and hot chocolate. Torino's citizens have a further delight, a hot drink based on coffee, chocolate and cream called bicerin. Aside the large industrial chocolate manufacturers such as Ferrero, Caffarel or Streglio, there are artisan companies that continue Torino’s tradition of chocolate making, capable of re-elaborating it according to new tastes and trends.
In via Po, Pasticceria Ghigo (Via Po 52/b) is one of the oldest confectioner’s shop in Torino. It’s famous for its fabulous whipped cream, made on the spot and served with a spatula directly into your cup of coffee or hot chocolate. In the past Ghigo whipped cream was called fiocca (snow), because of its softness and lightness. Ghigo hot chocolate, which is sensationally thick, and hot zabaglione are made from old recipes jealously handed down from generation to generation.