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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Golden Cannoli Chips

Our favorite discover of the summer is Golden Cannoli Chips, The Original Cannoli Chip.

The sweet chips provide the cannoli‡ experience without our having to go out for cannoli, a dessert we simply can’t resist.

At home, we dip them into some sweetened ricotta cheese, to enjoy “deconstructed” cannoli (the full recipe follows).

Golden Cannoli Chips are triangle-shaped, crimped edge cookie chips, in four flavors:

  • Cinnamon & Sugar
  • Cookies & Cream
  • Lemon
  • Powdered Sugar
    For authentic cannoli taste, get the Powdered Sugar or possibly Cinnamon & Sugar. The Cookies & Cream and Lemon are tasty, but not “cannoli.”

    Ready to make the dip?

    If all you have is ricotta, sweeten it to taste and start dipping. Otherwise, here is the full cannoli cream recipe.

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 1 container (15 ounces) whole milk ricotta cheese, strained*
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • For dipping: cannoli chips, graham crackers

    1. WHIP the cream in a mixing bowl, until stiff peaks form. Move to a small bowl and set aside.

    2. ADD the ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to the mixing bowl. Mix on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute. Fold in the whipped cream and chocolate chips.

    3. CHILL the cannoli cream for at least 2 hours. Serve with the cannoli chips (or, use them to fill cannoli shells).

    The predecessor of Golden Cannoli was founded by cousins in greater Boston in 1970, as an Italian bakery. Cannoli shells were part of the product line.

    The bakery soon was asked to produce cannoli for local bakeries. Production expanded so much that the cousins sold bakery and opened Golden Cannoli, to focus on cannoli shells, cannoli filling, and related items.


    Golden Cannoli Chips
    [1] Golden Cannoli Chips are made in four flavors. Shown: Powdered Sugar, the “authentic” cannoli flavor (all photos © Golden Cannoli).

    Cannoli Chips
    [2] Our favorite “chips and dip” (sorry, potato chips).

    Cannoli Ice Cream Sandwiches
    [3] Mini ice cream sandwiches are just one fun use for Golden Cannoli Chips.

    The cannoli chips were a happy accident. The company was selling its products at a trade show, handing out samples of filled cannoli. The samples quickly ran out (who can resist a free cannoli?).

    The solution was to break up cannoli shells and put them in cups of cannoli cream as a dip…and The Original Cannoli Chips were born!

    Back from the show, the company quickly got to work to make Golden Cannoli Chips a reality.

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    have fun with them, as decorations, garnishes, and more:

  • Cake Pop and Ice Cream Cone garnish
  • Cake Decoration (cover the sides)
  • Dessert “Canapes” (top the chips with cannoli cream)
  • Dipping
  • Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Parfaits and Sundaes
  • Pie Crust (try it with cheesecake†)
  • Popcorn Mix-In
  • Snacking From Bag
  • Yogurt Mix-In
  • ________________

    *To strain, set a strainer over a bowl or a pot, and add the ricotta. Let it drain naturally, and then use a spatula to lightly press out most of the remaining liquid. You can substitute low-fat ricotta.

    †Cheesecake is an open-face pie, not a cake; as Boston Cream Pie is a cake, not a pie. The terms originated long ago, when naming conventions were not so precise.

    ‡The singular form in Italian is cannolo, the plural is cannoli. In the U.S., some people use cannoli as the singular and cannolis as the plural. Both of these latter uses are incorrect.




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