Uovo di Cioccolato (Chocolate Egg): An egg-shaped sweet composed of a thin layer of chocolate. Inside there is usually a suprise object or toy. Its tradition is relatively recent, although the precise date of its creation is something of a controversy. In the 17th century, wooden eggs, inlaid with precious stones, porcelain and other valuable materials, were given as a sign of good wishes. It would appear that the first chocolate eggs were created in Turin at the beginning of the 19th century by a woman chocolate maker, owner of a cake shop in what is now Via Roma. The children who admired in wonder this novelty were told jokingly by the woman that at home she had a large chocolate hen that laid the chocolate eggs, or that they came from special hens fed on cocoa! They are also sold featuring elaborate decorations.
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