Hand rolled. Sicilian style cannoli shells. The History of Cannoli: With the Arab introduction of sugar into Sicily in the 9th century the cooking style of this three sides island changed forever. Ricotta had long been an essential part of Sicilian cuisine as well as pine nuts and currants. Resourceful Sicilians added the neutral sweetness of sugar to these staple foods, wrapped them in a fried but delicate pastry tube hence the birth of cannoli. Originally enjoyed by Sicilians only at Carnival time, word spread quickly of their goodness. The wonderful legacy of this Sicilian invention now enjoys worldwide popularity. Decorations: Candied cherries, candied orange strips, candies lemon strips, sprinkles, semi-sweet chocolate chips, toasted coconut, chopped pistachio nuts. Cannoli Premio: Try dipping the ends of the unfilled cannoli shells in melted chocolate. Allow to cool and then stuff with the filling of your choice. www.alessifoods.com.