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A Deeper Look at Cannoli Shells

Are you curious about cannoli shells? You may know that cannolis Italian pastries filled with a sweet, creamy filling. But did you know that the shell itself is an intricate part of the pastry-making process? Read on to find out more about this beloved treat!

What Are Cannoli Shells?

Traditionally made from fried dough and shaped into cylinders or tubes. The dough usually made from flour, sugar, butter, and white wine, although some recipes may call for other ingredients such as lard or olive oil. Once the dough rolled out and cut into circles. Deep-fried until golden-brown and crispy. The fried shells then cooled before filled with a creamy custard or ricotta cheese filling.

The History

Around since the Middle Ages, but they didn’t become popular until the early 1800s in Sicily. Initially, cannoli only served during religious holidays as a way to celebrate the festivities. Later on in the 19th century, cannolis began to served at regular cafes as well restaurants throughout Italy. Today, these delicious treats found all over the world!


While traditional cannolis are still widely enjoyed today, there are many variations of this classic Italian pastry. For example, chocolate-dipped cannolis are incredibly popular—the outside of the shells are dipped in melted chocolate or another type of chocolate coating before being filled with creamy custard or mousse. Other popular variations include mini cannolis (smaller versions of traditional ones), Nutella-filled cannolis (filled with Nutella spread instead of custard or cheese) and even savory versions (filled with spinach ricotta).


Whether you’re looking for a classic Italian dessert or something new and exciting to try, look no further than the humble cannoli shell! With its rich history stretching back centuries and its many delicious variations available today.

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