2019: T… A to Z Italian Famiglia Foods and Memories: Torrone “Almond Brittle Candy”

2019: T… A to Z Italian Famiglia Foods and Memories: Torrone “Almond Brittle Candy”

I’m back for “Year 4” of the A to Z… April Challenge!

My first year of this challenge had me racking my brain for a writing topic… especially as I didn’t quite understand the process. But finally I came up with 2016: Southern Foods and Memories. They said write what you know… and being a girl born in the South… well this was what I knew.  2017: Conversations with Mama was a somewhat easy one for me as I’d journaled our conversations for years so I researched some of my favorite topics to write on.  2018: All About Nancy Drew has been my favorite topic so far, and I don’t know if I’ll ever come up with another to equal it. It literally had me researching every day for over six months… researching, reading and perfecting every post. I was totally consumed with Nancy Drew for months… and still am! I didn’t want to “not” participate this year, but I was drawing a blank. Finally, mid February, I came up with writing on my husband’s Italian family foods and memories. I did my Southern foods the first year, so it was time to finally give his family their due! I’m also participating in the yearly 52 Ancestors 52 Stories this year… I am really feeling over-extended this month. April is a tough month for me, as we usually are traveling to my mother’s and my son in Florida… but somehow I’ll manage!

I think I can safely say that before marrying into an Italian family, I had never eaten any of the foods I’m blogging on this month… such an underprivileged child I was! Growing up in the South where we ate fried chicken, okra, black-eyed peas, butter beans, mashed potatoes, creamed style corn and southern biscuits! Oh My…!


Almond Brittle (Torrone) similar to what Aunt Mary made. Even though it’s not the actual Torrone… it’s what she always called it!  Photo from Scientific Psychic

“ITALIAN CANDY”aka Almond Brittle




Again… there was no recipe for this candy, so my son and I went to visit Aunt Mary one afternoon to create a recipe while watching the process. It was always fun to visit Aunt Mary… as you knew a goodie would be waiting for you! While it’s not the traditional Torrone candy made with egg whites… it’s what Aunt Mary called it; it’s more of an almond brittle candy she learned from her mother in Bari, Italy.

As she went through the cooking process, I asked countless questions, measured, and wrote “lots” of cooking directions. Aunt Mary never measured… she knew the measurements in her head from the many years of making it every Christmas… and “Everyone” always looked forward to a taste! How did I forget to take photos of her candy that day… what was I thinking!

Even though I now have a recipe… I’ve always been intimidated to try and make this by myself, but luckily one family member took the reign and uses my recipe to make it every Christmas. Thank You “Larry” for continuing the tradition! I may just have to find the courage this year… and finally make it!

Aunt Mary kitchen


Continue reading more of the A to Z…  Cooking Famiglia Italian Foods and Memories


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