Have you tried Italian Carnival sweets?

The Italian Carnival sweets are really delicious! Carnival in Italy is a fun celebration: people dress up (especially children) and go around the cities throwing carnival confetti or taking part in funny parades.

But it is also the time of the year when people like cooking nice and tasty sweets.

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Have a look at this selection of Italian Carnival Sweets!

1 Chiacchiere are the most famous Carnival specialty.

It is made all around Italy and has different names depending on the city: it’s called frappe, bugie, sfrappole and in many other ways!

Making Chiacchiere at home is really easy: the dough made of flour, eggs, butter, milk, sugar and a little bit of grappa is cut in rectangles, fried, and sprinkled with powdered sugar. You can find this sweet also covered with chocolate or honey, and sometimes baked in the oven instead of fried.

2 Strauben is a sweet from Trentino, in the North of Italy.

The dough is similar to the chiacchiere‘s one, but this sweet is a spiral fritter. It is served with blueberry’s jam or whipped cream. Apart from Carnival, you can find it and enjoy it during several festivals.

3 Graffe are little donuts from the Neapolitan tradition, a soft and luscious sweet.

The dough is made of flour, potatoes, milk, eggs and butter, is fried and covered with sugar. If you like you can add some cinnamon to the sugar, to make it even more tasty.

Even though it is a typical Carnival sweet, in Napoli you can find Graffe all year long!

4 Cicerchiata is a sort of heap of little balls of dough, made of flour, sugar, eggs and oil.

The little balls are fried and covered with hot honey: when the honey gets cold, makes the sweet quite hard. You can also add almonds or candied fruits to make it even better!

This sweet comes from Central Italy, especially Molise, Abruzzo and Marche, with some little variations.

5 Castagnole come from the North and Centre of Italy  (Liguria, Piemonte, Lombardia, Emila-Romagna, Veneto, Marche).

They are balls of dough fried and covered with sugar. In some regions they are served with melted chocolate on a side to dunk them, which makes them really amazing!

It is possible to find this sweet stuffed with custard cream, whipped cream, chocolate, ricotta cream. Delicious!

If you have time and want to cook something new, these Italian Carnival sweets may definitely be your next experiment!!

Have a look at other Carnival post from our blog!