I love the Ben & Jerry’s Cannoli ice cream, but I have never eaten an actual cannoli in my life. Hard to believe, considering how fond I am of all forms of pastry. So I went out yesterday to the one bakery in my town known to make them, and picked up a pair. One of them made it back to the house for its close-up.
Just an aside: This was a difficult subject to photograph, and I’m not quite sure why.
Based on my experience of the ice cream, I was expecting a rich, sweet filling with a whiff of liqueur flavor to it. Boy, was I disappointed. It was crunchy with chocolate chips and otherwise bland, and the shell was more chewy than crunchy. Overall, not worth the 25-mile round trip I had to make to get it, especially when I can get the ice cream at the supermarket a mile from my house.
What I’m finding more and more is that the majority of the pleasure I find in new experiences, including eating new foods, is the anticipation. I walked up and down in front of the pastry store’s display case for a good 10 minutes feasting my eyes on the goodies before making my selection, and that was by far the best part of the trip (and the healthiest for me, ha). I got a couple of different kinds of cookies in addition to the cannoli and they were okay, obviously freshly made but completely lacking in any memorable flavor. One wants to be wowed after a tee-up like that.
My search for the Most Amazing Pastry Ever continues with dedication and enthusiasm.
Bonus: Watch the clip from “The Godfather” with the famous line, “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”