Chiacchiere, literally translated as “rumours”, have been known by different names in different Italian regions like: cioffi (Sulmona, central Abruzzo), crogetti (Tuscany), crostoli or crostoli (Ferrara, Rovigo, Vicenza, Treviso, Trentino, Friuli, Venezia Giulia), cunchiell or qunchiell (Molise), maraviglias (Sardinia) etc. They are typical carnival desserts in a form of a strip, sometimes manipulated to form a node (in some areas it takes the name of bows), made from flour that is fried or baked and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. They can also be covered with honey, chocolate and / or powdered sugar, served with sweet pudding or with sweetened mascarpone. The tradition probably dates back to ancient Rome when cakes fried in fat were prepared precisely during the period of today's carnival.
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