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Rigoni di Asiago’s Skiro the Squirrel Spreads Nocciolata Love in NYC

This month, Skiro the Squirrel, Rigoni di Asiago’s beloved mascot, is spreading the love of his favorite hazelnut-chocolate treat, Nocciolata, in New York City with a spin wheel of prizes including delicious product samples and coupons. At over six feet tall, it’ll be hard to miss this larger-than-life squirrel who enjoys taking selfies almost as much as he loves to eat Nocciolata. He’s making appearances during June in Bryant Park, Chelsea, Tribeca, Brooklyn and Union Square.

 

SquirrelThe origin of Skiro is the fairy tale of how Nocciolata came to be. As the story goes, a gnome named Birgale invented and discovered Nocciolata. Skiro is Birgale’s best friend who lives in the woods in the Altopiano di Asiago, loves hazelnuts, and is a helper to the magical gnomes of the forest. His name comes from the word “Skirat,” which means “squirrel” in the old German dialect that was spoken in the Asiago region of Italy until the 1900s.

Nocciolata is a chocolate-hazelnut spread with an undeniably superior flavor and smooth texture. Each batch takes 36 hours of artisanal preparation, which combines top-quality hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil, natural vanilla extract, raw cane sugar, and skimmed milk. Unlike other chocolate-hazelnut spreads, Nocciolata contains no palm oil, hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, aromas or additives. Nocciolata Dairy Free is a certified vegan version of the original perfect for those who follow a vegan lifestyle or are lactose intolerant.

Those not in the Big Apple can still participate in the fun by heading over to Rigoni di Asiago’s Facebook Page on Fridays in June to spin a virtual wheel for the chance to win prizes! Rigoni di Asiago will also select five Instagram winners to win amazing Nocciolata goodies. To enter, simply post a photo of your Nocciolata jar or recipe on Instagram and use the hashtag #NutsforNocciolata.

Rigoni di Asiago products are available in stores nationwide and online.

Abdallah Candies’ New Caramel Creations Satisfies the Rise in Category Popularity

Abdallah Candies, a Minnesota-based candy company, has introduced new varieties to its highly popular “Old Fashioned Caramels” category. Known particularly for the premium caramel, Abdallah Candies’ individually twist-wrapped butter caramel morsels now have companions that are every bit as mouthwatering. New flavors such as chocolate-vanilla-sea-salt-twist, roasted-almond-coconut and toffee-almond caramel now accompany the best-selling plain butter caramels.

Available packaged in 7 ounce bags or in bulk, the new varieties extend the line with unique flavor combinations that perfectly complement the ultra-soft creamy caramel the company is famous for. For those who manufacture and desire the famous caramel flavor and want a caramel that is soft, creamy and won’t flow off their product, 12 pound blocks are available.

Abdallah Candies is a fourth generation, Minnesota family-owned gourmet confectioner which manufactures more than 200 varieties of specialty chocolates, including 24 flavors and two sizes of fresh cream truffles, tender toffees, caramels, stemmed cherries, fruits, clusters, creams, nougats and sugar free chocolates. Products are available packaged for everyday and seasonal sales and are also available in bulk.

Dairy Iowa Event is June 8

Dairy Iowa, a partnership between individuals and organizations invested in Iowa’s dairy industry, will hold its annual June Dairy Month event June 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heartland Agribition Center in Independence. The meeting’s keynote speaker is Kevin Murphy of Food Chain Communications, addressing the challenges faced by the dairy community from misinformation and extremist attitudes, and how to respond.

The day’s events are concurrent with a youth communications workshop presented by Midwest Dairy. All Iowa dairy youth enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

The program includes a panel of dairy farmers sharing their labor-saving and value-added efforts, as well as roundtable discussions among many of the groups who work on behalf of dairy throughout Iowa. In addition to Midwest Dairy and the Iowa State Dairy Association, participants will include the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance, Northeast Iowa Community College, the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa State University.

In addition, the meeting will host the presentation of the annual Ralph Keeling Awards given to individuals dedicated to Iowa’s dairy legacy, and scholarships presented by Midwest Dairy Association and the Iowa State Dairy Association.

Those wishing to attend may visit IowaDairy.org for more information, or may contact Mitch Schulte at mschulte@midwestdairy.com or 319.775.3451.

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