They’re Italian, they’re biscuits and they’re covered in cute tiny stars! Which I happen to think is pretty good value for 350g of Italian biscuits!
Now as far as I can tell, Pan di Stelle is quite popular in Italy. There’s even a chocolatey-biscuit based spread in the range! As well as cake, cereal and ice cream…
To be fair, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try them. Despite what you’ll see on the blog, I’ve actually worked my way through a sizeable chunk of the Mulino Bianco range.
We’ll start with the basics: Ingredients.
Wheat Flour, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Butter (Milk), Pasteurised Milk 6.0%, Cocoa 3.6%, Chocolate 3.5% (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Natural Vanilla Flavouring, Emulsifier: Soy Lecithin), Sugar Granules 2.0%, Eggs, Honey, Hazelnut 0.8%, Wheat Starch, Raising Agents (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate), Salt, Flavourings, Egg Whites, Starch.
I didn’t know what to expect – other than a cocoa-based Italian biscuit. On first sniff, I got a hint of hazelnut. They’re surprisingly light too. You can feel it when you pick one up that this isn’t going to be a firm dunker of a biscuit.
The decoration is just adorable, with tiny stars across the top (hence the name – ‘stelle’ meaning stars).
Flavour here is primarily and predominantly cocoa-chocolate, like a Bourbon biscuit. As I’d guessed, the texture is light, airy, crisp and melt in the mouth.
There’s a muted background of hazelnut to the flavour and it’s really lovely. No where near as sweet (or nutty punchy) as Nutella. Keep in mind these things only have 0.8% hazelnut content, so please don’t expect to have your socks blown off by the strength of it.
I think these are dangerously good and far more addictive than I expected. Part of it is the very light, crumbly texture and the other is that they taste wonderful. I love that they’re not incredibly sweet, but on the other hand I probably find myself eating twice as many as I should.