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Hedgehogs (chocolate)

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Hedgehogs are a chocolate made from a chocolate shell filled with finely milled hazelnuts, cocoa powder, cocoa butter and sugar[1] formed into the shape of a hedgehog. The Hedgehog chocolate is trademarked by the chocolate company Purdy’s Chocolatier.

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History[edit | edit source]

The Hedgehog brand candy was developed by Purdy’s Chocolate (which was later renamed Purdy’s Chocolatier) in the early 1990’s. Chocolate Hedgehogs got their name from their hedgehog shape and details. Chocolate Hedgehogs are also made with a variety of different recipes other than Purdy’s signature recipe. Versions of Hedgehog chocolates were being made long before Purdy’s Chocolatier started producing them under the official name, Hedgehogs. The filling of Hedgehogs, hazelnut gianduja (made from finely milled hazelnuts, cocoa powder, cocoa butter and sugar) was first created from 1804-1815 in the city of Turin, Italy. At the time cocoa was in short supply in this area due to lack of supply and high prices. To solve this chocolate makers decided to add a local tree nut to the cocoa they had, the hazelnut which grew in abundance in that area. Mixing the hazelnut and cocoa created the filling hazelnut gianduja which was later named after a character from the Turin carnival.[2] Today the milk-chocolate shell of the chocolate Hedgehog is made from Belgian milk mixed with dark and white chocolate. [3]Originally Hedgehog chocolates were hand crafted, but Purdy’s has modernized the production of chocolate Hedgehogs using automated machines to create and mold the chocolate and its filling.

Trademark[edit | edit source]

Hazelnut gianduja filling inside a chocolate shell has been around since 1815 during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte[1], but in the early 1990’s Purdy’s Chocolatier created a version of one of these chocolates in the shape of a hedgehog. Purdy’s Chocolatier founded by Richard Purdy[4] started selling them under the name of Hedgehogs. Since their release chocolate Hedgehogs have been sold in a signature triangle box that was designed by Purdy’s Chocolate’s marketing manager Mr.Flavelle to stand out and be unique from the other chocolate boxes.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "c1990: The Time We Created Hedgehogs, Yaaas". Purdys Chocolatier. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  2. hazelnuthill (2018-01-06). "HISTORY OF GIANDUJA: CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT SPREAD". hazelnuthill.com. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  3. Purdys Chocolatier (2016-04-07), Purdys Chocolatier - Hedgehogs, retrieved 2019-02-28
  4. "Purdys Heritage". www.purdys.com. Retrieved 2019-02-28.

External links[edit | edit source]

https://www.purdys.com/


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