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cuneesi al rhum

rum laced chocolates

Or cuneesi al rum, a favourite Christmas treat across Italy: mini chocolate wafers made of meringue, filled with rum-infused pastry cream and covered with dark chocolate. They were invented in Cuneo in the early 20th century (although there are a couple of versions of who exactly had the bright idea first).

One of Cuneo's proudest moments occurred on 8 May 1954, when Ernest Hemingway stopped at the Pasticceria Andrea Arione, to buy a box for his wife. There are also rum-free versions, and others filled with hazelnut creme, or coffee etc.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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