Pignolata is a typical product of Nice of Sicily but also throughout the province of Messina. This delicious sweet specialty is included in the list of Sicilian traditional food products of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry with the specific name of Pignolata Messina.
There are several variants, among which, one of the most popular is the one with the icing flavor of bergamot, in addition to traditional cedar and chocolate. The cake is consumed mainly during the carnival, it is produced throughout the year and is consumed by tourists, Visitors and locals alike.
The unusual name comes from the appearance of the same sweet: a pile of pine cones of various sizes covered with white icing with lemon and dark chocolate and the smell of cedar wood and vanilla chocolate.
The pignolata, as it is often defined, It derives directly from pignolata honey, which offered a pile of "cones" fries covered with honey. The pignolata, instead, was introduced in the period of Spanish rule when, commissioned by the noble families was reinvented and integrated the previous recipe with honey, replacing the cover with a sweet glaze flavored with lemon and chocolate.
Today pignolata has spread throughout the area of the Strait of Messina in Sicily and all the typical sweet and more appreciated in the area, produced in large quantities for export to Italy and abroad.
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