Il Sanguinaccio Dolce
An Italian dessert made from pig's blood

 Il sanguinaccio dolce is a dessert that is traditionally eaten at the time of Carnevale in Italy. 

It is prepared by gently heating and creaming together fresh pig's blood, dark chocolate and other ingredients.  It looks like a creamy chocolate pudding. 

The traditional ingredients are:-

zucchero - sugar
    cacao amaro - cocoa powder
farina - flour
sangue di maiale (colato) - pig's blood (seived)
   vino cotto - mulled wine
       cioccolato fondente - dark chocolate
        grasso di maiale (strutto) - pig's fat (lard)
  noci spezzettate - crushed nuts
    bustina di vaniglia - vanilla essence
      cannella - cinnamon
bicchierino di rum - small glass of rum


It is often eaten with i savoiardi (sponge fingers).

Since 1992 the selling of pig's blood has been banned in Italy because of health concerns but there are still farmers who provide it for their family and friends so that they can prepare this dessert.


Recipes for a version of il sanguinaccio dolce without blood are available.

Io preferisco il sanguinaccio dolce senza sangue.


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