Italy, as we know, is a land of culinary traditions. One of the most original and old is that of the Sulmona "confetti", a small almond-based delight.
Who knows what the great poet Ovid would have thought if he had known that his fame would've been overshadowed, one day, by a small and simple sweet of almonds and sugar. Sulmona, a beautiful city of art located in the middle of Abruzzo, is in fact almost more famous for its confetti, as they're called in Italy, than for being the birthplace of the famous author of the Metamorphoses.
The confectionery tradition of the city, however, is also very ancient and seems to have been appreciated since the time of the Emperor Tiberius. Certainly even today the Sulmona sugared almonds tickle both noble palates, such as those of the royals of England or Qatar, as well as those of common people who visit or inhabit the city. It's not just a matter of taste, though. The confectionery shops that can be found almost everywhere in town surely are a sight to behold as the confetti are produced in a huge variety of colors, and more often than not they get assembled to form compositions as simple as small and delicate flowers, or as complex as real sculptures.
The origins of the sugared almonds of Sulmona
Say it with a sugared almond
Flowers, bunches of grapes, garlands, ears or even small animals, the artists of the confetti of Sulmona are able to create the most varied shapes, but the colors should not be chosen at random. In fact, tradition associates a very specific meaning to each of them: the classic sugared almond is a wedding gift and is white, so even today wedding favors contain white sugared almonds.
Pink and light blue confetti are used to celebrate the birth or first communion of girls and boys, while red is the color of the graduation, but also of the so-called ruby wedding, which celebrates 40 years of marriage. Gold and silver wedding anniversaries are celebrated with confetti in their respective two colors, while green is due at engagement parties. For those lucky enough to celebrate 75 years of love, white is back, but every anniversary has its own color and there are actual guides to learn how to choose the right one.
A multicolored bouqet, on the other hand, is perfect for celebrating a birthday. In any case, the sugared almonds should always be in an odd number, for good luck. Even a single confetto can be a meaningful gift to celebrate a truly unique event.
How the Sulmona sugared almonds are born
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