sugared almonds from sulmona

Sugared almonds from Sulmona for Harry and Meghan

From Sulmona to Buckingham Palace, confetti Pelino will grace the tables at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next Saturday. The royal family seem to be fond of sugared almonds from Sulmona as this is not the first time they have chosen the sweets from Abruzzo for a special celebration. Before it was Charles and Diana’s wedding, then William and Kate’s and now Harry and Meghan’s grand event.

According lo the local press, the British Embassy contacted the factory and ordered a small bouquet in the colours of the national flag: blue, white and red with the bride and groom’s names written on the white petals as well as several types of confetti for the wedding feast.

sugared almonds from Sulmona

Confetti Pelino are renowned for their high quality. No flour or starch are added, only sugar and Avola almonds from Sicily. The classic recipe goes back to the 15th century when the production of confetti started in Sulmona. Centuries ago, local nuns from the Santa Chiara convent  wrapped the sweets with silk threads to make rosaries, flowers and elaborate artistic compositions. Today, the factories in Sulmona use coloured paper, organza and tulle fabrics to compose beautiful bunches of flowers, wedding favours, christenings and communions gifts.

sugared almonds from abruzzo

In the Pelino factory, that has been making the sugared treats since the 18th century, you can check out a fascinating museum telling the history of confetti production. There is a reconstruction of a confetti workshop with old confectionery machines, memorabilia, precious lace, porcelain, silver bonbonières used in the past.

Confetti are a great sweet gift to take home and you can stock up on all kinds, colours and shapes at the factory’s shop. I prefer the classic plain white confetti with almonds but there are also speckled, pink, blue, red ones, confetti with chocolate, hazelnuts, pistachio, coffee as well as confetti flowers and various artistic creations (bumble bees, ladybugs, grape clusters etc.).


Confetti Pelino

Via Stazione Introdacqua, 55
Tel. +39 0864 210047

Photos by Confetti Pelino/Facebook

3 thoughts on “Sugared almonds from Sulmona for Harry and Meghan

  1. Gabriella CONTESTABILE says:

    I’m from Abruzzo originally and grew up with these delicious and beautiful sugared almonds. Still have the ones from my daughter’s communion. Love this newsletter. Grazie.

  2. Phyllis Cioccio-Weaver says:

    My father was born in a small town in the Abbruzzo mountains called Rocca Pia- Sulmona is a short ride down the mountain from Rocca Pia. Dad migrated to Canada and then to the USA. Whenever there is a wedding or sometimes a baptism, our American relatives and our Canadian relatives still order confetti from Pelino in Sulmona. Relatives still live in Rocca Pia in the spring, summer , fall and then go out of the mountains to Sulmona in the winter. Visited Sulmona and loved all of the beautiful shops with the colorful bouquets of flowers and other delicious artistry’s, have some displayed in my china cabinet. If ever visiting the Aquila/Abbruzzo region, the town of Sulmona is definitely worth stopping in. Ciao!

  3. Lucia Cassarino says:

    That’s so awesome!!! I’m from Pratola near sulmona, we love the confetti!!! For the royal couple, nothing but the best!!! Auguri!!!

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