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The Five Tastiest Italian Holiday Treats

December 15, 2021
2021-12-15
From gelato to cannolis, Italian desserts are out of this world! They pack a sweet punch the way Italian cuisine has always taken your taste buds on a spin. Each and every treat that comes from this country is so fulfilling, almost to the point that you feel as if they ought to only be enjoyed on special occasions. And what better occasion can there be than Christmas? For the happiest time of the year, it's only natural that you serve and enjoy the most delicious Italian sweets right? Most especially these delectable treats.

The Five Tastiest Italian Holiday Treats


Pandoro

Apart from the Christmas tree, a star is another defining symbol of the holiday season. And here in Italy, there's actually a cake that's shaped like a star and is traditionally served during this time of the year. The Pandoro, or 'Golden Bread,' is a Verona-born cake that's commonly served as part of the holiday feast. It's shaped like an eight-pointed star and commonly served sprinkled with caster sugar or topped with either whipped cream, melted chocolate, or even Marscapone. Though these toppings may seem too much, the cake itself is actually quite light, making the other flavors compliment the dessert in a sweet and rich way.
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Panettone

If there's one dessert that one can call the 'quintessential Italian Christmas cake,' it's Panettone. Baked with dried fruit and normally with a crumbly texture, it's this country's own take on the famous—or rather infamous according to many—holiday treat, the fruitcake. But despite how much Panettone is associated with this time of the year, it actually remains a well-known and beloved Italian dessert. Some would even go so far as to say it can rival the likes of gelato, cannolis, and more, especially during Christmastime. You can serve it with either Marscapone or even gelato to make it a sweeter sensation.
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Panforte

These crumbly cakes are good and all, but without fruit, Marscapone, and other toppings, many would likely set it aside for more flavorful desserts. And speaking of flavorful Italian sweets, the Panforte bread is definitely a great choice. The dessert itself comes all the way back from Siena in the 13th-century and was often used as payments for monks and nuns in the local monastery. Made with fruits, almonds, honey, and even a few local spices, one bite will take your taste buds on quite the sweet spin. It's no wonder this treat's name translates to 'Strong Bread' in English.
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Struffoli

You probably didn't expect donuts to make their way onto this list, did you? But those are exactly what Struffoli are. These bite-sized munchkins often served with sprinkles or caster sugar, are the best treat to serve the little ones for the holiday season. That is if they're not used to decorate your Christmas tree. Yes, you read that right! This Neapolitan dessert is actually commonly used to dress up the Christmas tree too. Don't they look like the pastry versions of the shiny baubles you usually hand on the tree? Because of this 'secondary role,' Struffoli has become an underrated Italian dessert.
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Torrone

Want some nougat candy for Christmas? Well, make some Torrone! This traditional Italian treat, which actually pre-dates the Roman Empire and has roots in the Mediterranean, specifically in the Greek Islands of Corfu and Hydra, has become a common holiday dinner staple. If your Italian holiday feast has become too heavy, this delectable confection makes for a great light after-meal treat. Fortunately, they're easy enough to do and won't be as complicated to enjoy as all the other desserts on this list. They'll even last longer than the other sweets too.
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If you thought Italian food was already delicious enough as it is, wait until you taste these delectable traditional holiday treats. They make any Christmas feast even sweeter and more memorable, that's for sure!

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