6 Sicilian style Cannoli shells. Hand rolled. The history of Cannoli. With the Arab introduction of sugar into Sicily in the 9th century the cooking style of this three sided 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 and 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. Cannoli Premio: Try dipping the ends of the unfilled Cannoli shells in melted chocolate. Allow to cool and then stuff with filling of your choice. www.alessifoods.com.