Fall 2016: The Best of EVERYTHING Hazelnut!

Hazelnut Recipes, Beer, Food, and More Rule Fall 2016

Yes, the author of this particular may be a little partisan. I sit here with my hazelnut soy macchiato while a hazelnut-scented candle burns on the table behind me. You may call me a hazelnut junkie – and I will say “thanks, I know”.

Be that as it may, Fall 2016 happens to be the perfect season if you’re nuts about hazelnut! From recipes to fragrances, seasonal kitchen menus to seasonal craft beers, hazelnut is everywhere this season!

With so many ways to utilize hazelnut (as an ingredient, a scent, even a color scheme!), it can be daunting trying to cull through thousands of articles to find that perfect hazelnut recipe, brew or design. Don’t worry though, we’ve done it for you!

Here is your handy Fall 2016 Guide to The Best of Everything Hazelnut! From one “hazelnut-case” to another, I can’t wait to hear how you like the recipes, drinks, and seasonal scents/colors on our list!

Fall 2016 Guide to The Best of Everything Hazelnut

Best Hazelnut Beer: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale

I won’t lie to you: I was initially a bit apprehensive about the prospect of a hazelnut craft beer. Two sips later, Rogue Ales made me forget my troubles. Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale is their take on a traditional brown ale that is so good, it’s nuts. (Sorry, last pun. I promise. I think.)

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale - the best hazelnut craft beer on the market.
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale – the best hazelnut craft beer on the market.

If you like a beer with a malty finish, a modest alcohol content (5.6%), dark brown color and a note of hazelnut extract, this is the brew for you. Available in 22-oz. bottle, 6-pack and draft (where available), Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale is a craft beer lover’s Fall 2016 go-to glass.

Best Hazelnut Blog: Riverbend Hazelnuts

The cool thing about the Riverbend Hazelnuts blog is how independent it appears. The articles are posted by Dan Johnson, a hazelnut grower, harvester and connoisseur from the American Midwest. His knowledge, candid photography and conversational tone make every article so interesting to read.

A sample of Dan Johnson's beautiful photography from Riverbend Hazelnuts' blog. (Photo: Dan Johnson)
A sample of Dan Johnson’s beautiful photography from Riverbend Hazelnuts’ blog. (Photo: Dan Johnson)

We highly recommend starting with the Introduction page and taking a slow, enjoyable walk through some of the articles.

Best Mass-Produced Hazelnut Coffee: BocaJava Hightide Hazelnut

This medium roast flavored coffee is made from Nicaraguan coffee beans, and offers a slightly more “gourmet” feel than other mass-produced hazelnut coffees. Coffee lovers know it’s hard to find a mass-produced flavored coffee that doesn’t taste artificial – or just “not quite like real coffee”.

BocaJava’s Hightide Hazelnut is the best store-bought hazelnut coffee we’ve found thus far – not too light or dark, just nutty enough without tasting fake, and a nice smooth taste and finish. Of course, the quest for exceptional hazelnut coffee (especially of the mass-produced variety) burns on, so we’d love to hear your suggestions as well!

Best Fall 2016 Hazelnut Color: Warm Taupe

As noted in past articles on this site, Warm Taupe (Pantone 16-1318) is one of the select shades on the Fall 2016 Pantone color report. A bit dustier than the average hazelnut, Warm Taupe isn’t a precise match – but for hazelnut lovers, it’s a wonderful way to incorporate the cozy brown hue into your home design color scheme.

Warm Taupe (Pantone 16-1318)
Warm Taupe: Hazelnut reflected in Fall 2016’s Pantone color report!

Best Hazelnut Candle: Lorenzen Candle Co. (Etsy)

Lorenzen Candle Co. is a premium handcrafted soy candle company based out of Liverpool, NY. (We list Lorenzen’s Etsy page for convenience.) The store’s proprietor, Bobby Lorenzen Kaye, spend months perfecting each of my scents to ensure consumers get a candle with the perfect balance of hot and cold throw as well as burn quality.

The handcrafted line of Lorenzen Candle Co. products is tremendous, and the Hazelnut Candle is no exception. Unlike other hazelnut candles, there is no unnecessary artificial dye in this product. We also love the undertone of roasted coffee beans that fills in behind the hazelnut scent as the candle burns.

What are YOUR favorite hazelnut products of Fall 2016? Leave a comment!

 

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