Thursday, August 2, 2007

Confetti & Agrumetti

Confetti & AgrumettiI have the best friends who bring back the best sweets from all over the world. In fact, a co-worker is in Greece right now with a list!

My friend Will went to Europe on a decadent cruise and found something truly “of the place” to bring back from Sorrento, Italy for me.

I’m telling you about this not so you can go out and buy these, because I’m not sure you can (they supposedly have a website but it’s not been working) but just to show both the universality of sweets and the local flavor.

This little box and bag contains some rather upscale almond dragees (rather like the Cherry Almondine M&Ms from last week) from a little shop called Confetti & Agrumetti.

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These little olive-sized morsels have a freshly roasted local almond at the heart. It’s then coated in a white chocolate flavored with lime zest and then coated in a colored candy shell. The shell was not as sharply crisp as some Jordan Almonds I’ve had, but still a nice crunch. The white chocolate was thick and sweet but had a really strong citrus zest to it. The almond at the center was nicely toasted to a darker brown than I think we’re accustomed to here in the States. It was rich and flavoful and had a good crunch.

Antonio, the fellow who runs the shop, I hear is a hoot. He loves to sing to his customers and expressed a desire to live and retire in Southern California (how funny, because I’m pretty sure a lot of Californians would be happy to swap with him). You can see in this photo Will took of his wife buying these little goodies that the panning machine (it looks like a tiny cement mixer) is right out there in the open and you can watch him drizzle the candy coating on right before your eyes. (Perhaps panning drums will become the new stand mixers as must have appliances.)

Here’s the only other English reference I could find to the shop.

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Name: Lemon, Almond & White Chocolate Dragees
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Confetti & Agrumetti
Place Purchased: Confetti & Agrumetti (Sorrento, Italy)
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: White Chocolate, Nuts, Italy

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Comments
  1. Yummmm. They look wonderful!

    Comment by Alex on 8/03/07 at 12:36 am #
  2. For a second there I thought you had a bag of olive candy. This appears to be much better, I think zest should be used in more candies.

    Comment by Ace on 8/03/07 at 3:38 am #
  3. Ha, I’ve been there! The guy kept singing “Killing me softly”!

    Comment by Pea on 8/03/07 at 1:41 pm #
  4. i bought some lemon candies from confetti last year. i’ve been hoarding my bag but this writing is inspiring me to crack it open. i also sampled some niiice lemon stuffs in sorrento, including a lemon chewy candy with a sugary coating. i would love to order more candy.

    Comment by diana on 8/07/07 at 3:29 am #
  5. Where can I get some of the limone jordan almonds in the US?  My Mom and sister just returned from the Amalfi coast with some but not enough….

    Comment by Tracy on 9/15/07 at 12:15 pm #
  6. I just came back from Sorrento yesterday and stopped into the Confetti & Agrumetti Store. I tasted the Limone (Lemon) Candy Almonds that were great! I bought three small bags for gifts ($5 euro a bag). I laughed when I saw the picture of the owner in the shop, as he was serenading everyone that came in. He has quite a personality!

    The telephone on the receipt is 011 081 877 47 81 (perhaps he would ship)!

    Comment by Sian on 10/11/07 at 7:58 am #
  7. Sorry I accidentally typed 011 in front of the tel#. The tel number I found online was the same except it had +39 in front listed as (+39) 0818774781

    Comment by Sian on 10/11/07 at 10:57 am #
  8. ? bell e dolcino ? cunfett r’Antunin

    Comment by antonio on 10/25/07 at 11:08 pm #
  9. How can I order the above candies?

    Comment by alayna disanto on 11/06/07 at 1:49 am #
  10. We found this store as well when we were in Sorrento and are now lamenting the fact that we didn’t buy more of the candy while we were there.  We thought we could just order on the internet since the website is posted on all their stuff but it doesn’t seem to work :(

    Comment by Nicole on 4/21/08 at 6:13 pm #
  11. Just got back from sorrento last week and I too stop at this shop.  Had to laugh when I saw the picture with the owner, he is a character.  Those lemon covered almond were heavenly, if anyone finds out how to order to more….I would certainly be interested.  I bought 8 bags when I was there and they are already gone!  Would have shipped a carload if I could!

    Comment by Jennifer on 6/29/08 at 10:37 am #
  12. I also have a partial bag from 2 weeks ago in the same store and have the same regret of not buying more…no one responds to my email requests to learn how to buy some….anyone going there? Would you buy me 5 small bags and I will pay you? or better yet, shall we begin to import them and sell them here??? Yes we should.
    Liz

    Comment by Liz on 7/14/08 at 2:18 pm #
  13. We just came back from Sorrento as well, and I have a bag open on my desk right now!!! They are absolutely delicious!!

    Comment by Tammy on 11/06/08 at 9:41 am #
  14. please email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if anyone finds how to buy the confetti agrumetti lemon/choc/almonds

    Comment by carla on 4/12/09 at 1:38 pm #
  15. The person to talk to is Jacob.  I just got off the phone with him, as I live in Fort Collins.
    He will be ordering some of the almond candy of which we speak.  I know all about the website, terrible if you don’t know Italiano!!!  But it looks like Jacob can take care of us!!
    Caio and enjoy!!

    Comment by tom sigl on 11/04/10 at 9:46 am #

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