Things you don’t know about Italy: Sanguinaccio
Staying in contact with people from other countries could happen to talk about weird curiosities of your land. I would like to talk about those curiosities of Italy that not many people heard off. Since we are close to Carnival, I will describe you a dish which the original recipe was very common in Naples: the sanguinaccio.
The sanguinaccio is an Italian pudding made from pig’s blood which is made creamy and sweetened with ingredients such as chocolate, milk, pine nuts, raisins and sugar. It is very popular in Naples and in other parts of Italy, and it is a typical cream prepared for Carnival, usually served with chiacchere or bugie, another Italian sweet. The pig’s blood was used to flavor the chocolate, adding an acidulous aftertaste. Since 1992 the sale of pig blood to the public was banned for health reasons in Italy, and nowadays the sanguinaccio is no more made with pig blood, although there is still someone that use the “traditional” recipe.
What do you think about sanguinaccio? Are you curious to taste it, or avoid it at all? Let us know in the comments!