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Ferrero Rocher (French: [feʁɛʁɔ ʁɔʃe]) is a chocolate and hazelnut confectionery produced by the Italian chocolatier Ferrero.

Ferrero Rocher
Ferrero Rocher logo.png
Place of originItaly
Created byFerrero
Main ingredientsMilk chocolate, hazelnut, sugar, palm oil, wheat flour
Food energy
(per serving)
76.6 kcal (321 kJ)


The Ferrero Rocher was introduced in 1982 in Europe. Shortly after release, production was halted due to a problem with label printing.[1] Michele Ferrero, the credited inventor, named the chocolate after a grotto in the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes, Rocher de Massabielle.[2] Rocher comes from the French and means rock or boulder.[3]

Layer by layer comparison of the Ferrero Rocher


The chocolate consisted of a whole roasted hazelnut encased in a thin wafer shell filled with hazelnut chocolate and covered in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.[4] Its ingredients are milk chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skim milk powder, butteroil, lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin (artificial flavor), hazelnuts, palm oil, wheat flour, whey (milk), lowfat cocoa powder, sodium bicarbonate (leavening agent), and salt.[5]


The production process is secretive, with no smartphones or notebooks allowed inside, and, as of 2015, few journalists have ever been invited to visit.[6] As of 2015, the production in the Alba factory totals 24 million Rochers a day.[6]

The sweet is produced by machinery. The process begins with flat sheets of wafer with hemispheres moving down an assembly line.[7] The hemispheres of the wafers are then filled with a chocolate hazelnut cream and part of a hazelnut. Next, two of these wafer sheets, one with a hazelnut and one with hazelnut chocolate cream, are clamped together. The excess wafer is cut away producing wafer balls. These balls are then coated with a layer of chocolate, a layer of chopped hazelnuts, and a final layer of chocolate[7] before the chocolate is packaged.[1]

Ferrero Rocher in 24-pack boxes being sold during the Christmas Season


Roughly 3.6 billion Ferrero Rochers are sold each year in over 40 countries.[unreliable source?][8] These include 28 countries in Europe, 9 countries in the Americas, 9 countries in Asia, 2 countries in the Oceania region, and 2 countries in Africa.[failed verification][9]

Cultural impactEdit

A Ferrero Rocher in packaging


Ferrero Rochers are associated with Christmas and New Year. As of 2015, 61% of Ferrero Rochers were sold during the last three months of the year.[6]

United Kingdom advertisement campaignEdit

In the United Kingdom in the 1990s, an advertisement series was based upon a party in a European ambassador's official residence and it has been repeatedly parodied in popular culture since.[10] In 2000, the ambassador’s party commercial was ranked 21st in Channel 4’s poll of the "100 Greatest Adverts".[11]

Hong Kong and ChinaEdit

Ferrero Rocher chocolates, along with baby formula, are one of the top items smuggled across the border from Hong Kong into mainland China[12].



In September 2017, an investigation[13] conducted by NGO Mighty Earth found that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Ferrero Rocher and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana.[14][15] The countries are the world's two largest cocoa producers.[16][17]

The report documents how in several national parks and other protected areas, 90% or more of the land mass has been converted to cocoa.[18] Less than four percent of Ivory Coast remains densely forested, and the chocolate companies' laissez-faire approach to sourcing has driven extensive deforestation in Ghana as well.[19] In Ivory Coast, deforestation has pushed chimpanzees into just a few small pockets, and reduced the country's elephant population from several hundred thousand to about 200–400.[20][21][22]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Allen, Lawrence L. (1 January 2010). Chocolate Fortunes: The Battle for the Hearts, Minds, and Wallets of China's Consumers. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn. ISBN 9780814414323.
  2. ^ Caldwell, Zelda (8 May 2018). "How Ferrero Rocher chocolates were inspired by the Virgin Mary". Aleteia.
  3. ^ "rocher - traduction - Dictionnaire Français-Anglais".
  4. ^ "A Brilliant Idea …". Ferrero Rocher.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Ferrero Rocher". Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Sarah Butler (30 October 2015). "Full steam ahead at Ferrero factory as chocolatier eyes No 1 spot in UK". The Guardian.
  7. ^ a b [dead link]"Loynds Ferrero Rocher Type Production Line". Loynds. 29 December 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2016 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ Iyoob, Umar. "Report on Ferrero (Rocher)". Scribd. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Ferrero - Worldwide". Ferrero. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  10. ^ Wood, Zoe (17 November 2009). "Family behind Ferrero Rocher linked to deal with Cadbury". The Guardian. London.
  11. ^ "The 100 Greatest TV Ads". London: Channel 4. 2000. Archived from the original on 18 June 2001. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  12. ^ Sturzel, Winston (11 January 2018). "Milk and Chocolate SMUGGLING worse than HEROIN smuggling in China!". Serpentza (YouTube channel).
  13. ^ "Chocolate's Dark Secret". September 2017.
  14. ^ Olam to acquire global cocoa business of Archer Daniels Midland for $1.7 billion.Straits Times. 16 December 2014.
  15. ^ Olam Livelihood Charter 2016: Equipping smallholders to secure their future Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine,” Olam, 2016.
  16. ^ Wessel, Marius; Quist-Wessel, P.M. Foluke (2015). "Cocoa production in West Africa, a review and analysis of recent developments". Njas - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences. 74-75: 1–7. doi:10.1016/j.njas.2015.09.001.
  17. ^ How Much Rainforest Is in That Chocolate Bar?World Resources Institute. 6 August 2015.
  18. ^ Cocoa farming and primate extirpation inside The Ivory Coast's protected areas.Tropical Conservation Science. 8.1(2015): 95-113.
  19. ^ Analyse qualitative des facteurs de déforestation et de dégradation des forêts en Côte d'Ivoire"; Rapport Final, 10 November 2016
  20. ^ Covey, R. and McGraw, W. S. “Monkeys in a West African bushmeat market: implications for cercopithecid conservation in eastern Liberia.Tropical Conservation Science. 7.1 (2014): 115-125.
  21. ^ Marchesi, P., Marchesi, N., Fruth, B., and Boesch, C. “Census and Distribution of Chimpanzees in Cote D’Ivoire.PRIMATES. 36.4(1995): 591-607.
  22. ^ Poaching contributes to forest elephant declines in Côte d’Ivoire, new numbers reveal.WWF. 5 September 2011.

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