THE ORIGINAL RECIPE SINCE 1924

More than 90 years of history have taught us that quality does not make compromises.

OUR CREATION

NOUGAT PASSION®

We were the first and passionate creators of the Nougat Passion® concept: starting from the original recipe written in 1925 by the founder Antonio Quaranta we created a new and seductive idea of nougat: combine - with artisan passion - real pastry creams, jams, biscuits and much more to the cozy softness of our nougat.
Even the packaging and the presentation of these products has followed this intuition renewing itself in an attractive, minimal and effective guise.

Quaranta azienda storica

LA VITA DOLCE

THE STORY OF A FAMILY AND THEIR PASSION

The story of the Quaranta family’s nougat begins in Caravaggio in 1924, birthplace of the famous painter Michelangelo Merisi, known as “Il Caravaggio”. Almost a century of tradition and dedication. The founder Antonio Quaranta, together with his wife Alzira, was a passionate artisanal producer of nougat and other typical, traditional sweets from Cremona and Bergamo, including cotton candy, brittle and the special nougat with carob honey. A small laboratory in the heart of Caravaggio was the place that gave birth to the recipe book reporting precise details on amounts and ingredients, some of which are still used in production nowadays: after almost 100 years, our original "White nougat 101" almond soft nougat’s recipe has never changed!

OUR MOST IMPORTANT STEPS

Find out the history of Quaranta from its foundation to the present day. The milestones that have marked the company and made its products famous.

  1. The founder, Antonio Quaranta, at the age of 15, writes his first recipe book, which is still a reference point for basic recipes.

  2. Antonio Quaranta and his wife Alzira sell nougat and other sweet specialties in their stall during a local fair.

  3. Antonio buys a car, called "Aurea Facta", and builds himself a trailer to carry the nougat.

  4. The founder Antonio Quaranta riding his motorcycle “Astra”.

  5. Sales invoice.

  6. Sales invoice.

  7. Correspondence.

  8. Quaranta creates the first packaging for the nougat bar.

  9. The Company is taken over by its founder’s son: Enrico Quaranta, who receives the prize “Città di Bergamo”.

  10. First attendance at MIAD Food Show in Turin, Italy.

  11. From the historical site of Vicolo Matteotti in the heart of Caravaggio, production moves to the first factory in the new industrial area of the town.

  12. Attendance at MIAD Food Show in Milan, Italy.

  13. Fabio e Massimo: grandsons of the founder Antonio Quaranta.

  14. Enrico Quaranta and his wife Tina, visiting one of the first customers in Germany.

  15. The “Sofficiona” cake was born: the first, original nougat cake ever presented on the market.

  16. The grandchildren of the founder Antonio Quaranta in one of the first advertising photoshoots.

  17. The company is gradually taken over by the brothers Fabio and Massimo Quaranta who bring fresh and innovative ideas observing the tradition.

  18. Quaranta creates “Nougat Passion”: variegation of the dough with real pastry creams, decorations with high quality raw materials and eye-catching packaging. It is the revolution in the nougat market.

  19. Prince Charles of England chooses Quaranta nougat for his shop at Highgrove House inside the royal residence.

  20. Dolce & Gabbana chooses Quaranta brittle for their Christmas shop windows all over the world.

  21. A state-of-the-art factory is realized complying with the highest health and hygiene standards and allowing Quaranta to guarantee the greatest quality of the finished product.

  22. A state-of-the-art factory is realized complying with the highest health and hygiene standards allowing us to guarantee the greatest quality of the finished product.

Prodotti di qualita

OUR PRODUCTS ARE

  • Palm oil free
  • Gluten free
  • Trans-fats free
  • Artificial colourings free
  • Employing barn eggs only

Our BRC and IFS quality certifications are voluntary, obtained because we guarantee that the products, processes, people and every single production phase are highly controlled and managed according to the most selective standards of the market. Our certification rating is the highest that can be obtained.

TODAY'S COMPANY

BETWEEN TRADITION AND INNOVATION

Enrico Quaranta and his wife Tina Rezzolla were driven by the expertise gained throughout the story of the Company and brought it to the level of today's excellence of today, preserving the ancient memory and the peculiarity of artisanal specialty, exclusivity and finesse that make Quaranta's products so special.

The founder’s grandsons, Fabio and Massimo Quaranta, are now managing the Company following the highest hygiene and health quality standards, in a state-of-the-art new-generation facility where tradition meets innovation.

What differentiates us from our competitors are our machines which are identical to our old ones even though they are now computerized and able to mix ingredients in the right quantity. This means applying a traditional and artisanal method to technological instruments. Doing so, our nougat gets softer, foamy and rich, thus superior in quality. 

Our biggest competitive advantage is our strong passion which has been handed down from father to son for three generations. 

Fabio and Massimo Quaranta

CERTIFIED EXCELLENCE

Gluten free
Palm oil free
Natural flavours
GMO free
Barn eggs
Whole almonds and hazelnuts
Softness and creaminess
Our company is certified according to the highest quality standards.

Our father had a strong personality
and he lived his life working hard thus transmitting his passion and spirit of sacrifice to us.
We have to thank him for reaching such important goals.

FABIO AND MASSIMO QUARANTA

Download the book"La vita dolce"in PDF

OUR VALUES

6 MILIONS"/YEAR
of 100g nougat bars produced ACCORDING TO THE ORIGINAL RECIPE
900 KM/YEAR
of nougat bars produced UNIQUELY SINCE 1924
160.000 KG/YEAR
of cakes produced WITH THE VERY SAME PASSION
33 RECIPES
unparalleled and unique SPECIALITIES FOR EXCLUSIVE TASTES
550.000 KG/YEAR
of nuts PURE AND GENUINE RAW MATERIALS
50 COUNTRIES
where we export A PIECE OF ITALIAN HISTORY