History of the Pizzelle
What Are Pizzelles?
Did you know the pizzelle is an “old world” traditional cookie? This Italian waffle cookie gets its name "pizzelle", which is actually the plural of "pizzella", from the Italian word, “pizze”, meaning round and flat. It is believed to have first been developed in central Italy to honor annual celebrations in ancient times. They have remained an important part of celebrations throughout Italy and even in the United States. The two holidays which the pizzelle is commonly used are Christmas and Easter.
Where Did Pizzelles Originate?
It is believed pizzelles were first used in the Italian village of Colcullo, Italy to celebrate the driving out of the snakes to prevent them from overtaking the town. This festival is known as the Festival of the Snakes or the Feast of San Domenico. Once the area was free from snakes they feasted on pizzelles and celebrated.
Others believe the village of Salle located in Abruzzi, Italy was the first to use pizzelles to celebrate the feast of Beato Roberto, a twelfth-century monk. Celebrants would attach the pizzelles to tree branches and walk down the street with them.
How Are Pizzelles Made?
Pizzelles of the past were made on irons embossed with the family crest or other symbols of meaning. They were baked individually on these irons which were held over the top of an open flame. Today, as then, pizzelle cookies are still embossed but with a waffle pattern on one side and a floral pattern on the other. Although Anise is the “traditional” flavor of the pizzelle, we’ve taken the flavor experience to a new level. With over 50 flavors to choose from, we strive to satisfy the most discriminate of taste buds!
So, if someone ever asks you the “million-dollar-question” about pizzelles…now you know!