As I have mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of shopping. This applies not only to clothing, but to almost all of the purchases I make in my life. From big expenditures like homes and cars to tiny acquisitions like cleaning supplies and food, I just don’t enjoy spending time tracking down ‘things’ to purchase. Yet, every week I am required to shop. At the very minimum I have to hunt and gather groceries for the coming seven days; but often other special items appear on the “to purchase” list as well (things like puppy diapers and organizational trays).
This morning I was touring the aisles of a vegetarian-friendly healthy food store, when I turned the corner and entered the bakery area. Normally I just breeze past this section of the store (as I generally don’t have any need or strong desire for mammoth muffins or loaves of bread as long as my torso), but for whatever reason, my peripheral vision caught sight of a display of mini-pastries. A gleaming glass case contained delectable treats in very reasonable one-ounce sizes: cheesecakes, fruit tarts, éclairs, petit fours, tortes, cookies…and cannoli. Since each treat was pretty inexpensive, I figured oh-what-the-heck: let’s have today be the day I try cannoli.
So I did. I purchased a chocolate-chip cannoli.
As I bit into one end of the treat, I was surprised by how very light and flaky the shell was. I think I was expecting something a bit more dense – like a sugar cookie or a waffle cone. So to bite into an exterior that had the texture and flavor of a very airy pie crust was unexpected (but good). I was also surprised by how mild the filling was. It had only a hint of sweetness and creamy/cheesiness to it; enough to be noticed, but only if I was paying attention.
The way the cannoli was constructed, I had two bites that contained miniature chocolate chips, and two bites that were without the cocoa additions. I preferred the confection with the chocolate – the cocoa added just a bit of “depth” and “darkness” to the treat, so that it felt more like a true dessert to my American palate.
I could see this pastry make a lovely pairing with any number of coffee beverages (latte, cappuccino, Americano, a regular cup of java), or even a cup of cocoa for non-coffee drinkers. That being said, I wasn’t particularly “wowed” by the cannoli. It was nice and fine, but not mind-blowingly spectacular to me. I don’t think I would order this dessert in a restaurant or select it again in a bakery – but if someone happened to offered another to me, I would eat it without complaint. 🙂