Pepatelli is a traditional sweet treat from the Abruzzo region in Italy. It is commonly found in various towns and communes of Abruzzo, including Chieti, Pescara, and Teramo. This delicious dessert has a rich history that dates back centuries.

The origins of Pepatelli can be traced back to the ancient Romans, who used to prepare a similar sweet called “pepato.” Over time, the recipe evolved and became a popular delicacy in Abruzzo. Pepatelli are typically made with simple ingredients such as almonds, honey, sugar, and spices like cinnamon and cloves.

To make Pepatelli, the almonds are roasted and then mixed with honey, sugar, and spices. The mixture is then shaped into small bite-sized pieces and left to cool and harden. The result is a crunchy and flavorful treat that is perfect for enjoying with a cup of coffee or tea.

Pepatelli has gained recognition as a traditional food product (PAT) in Italy. This recognition ensures that the recipe and production methods are preserved and protected. The specific specifications for Pepatelli include the use of locally sourced almonds and honey, as well as the traditional preparation techniques.

Sources:
1. “Pepatelli: il dolce natalizio abruzzese” – Abruzzo Turismo (abruzzoturismo.it)
2. “Pepatelli: la ricetta originale” – Giallo Zafferano (giallozafferano.it)