For anyone who doubts the hazelnut's place in desserts, let us just say one thing: Nutella. The famous chocolate-and-hazelnut spread is so loved that we not only add it to our muffins but we wear it on our fingers too. We even celebrate this spread as a global holiday. And it's all because of the hazelnuts.
While hazelnuts are a natural compliment to chocolate (think hazelnut chocolate cake), this nut also stands up on its own (like in gelatos). And it pairs well with all our our favorite summer fruits.