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Sweet black pudding, one of the most particular Carnival recipes

Sweet black pudding

Let’s go to the discovery of a very special carnival dessert. Here is the black pudding, its origins and the original recipe.

The black pudding is a Carnival dessert recognized as a traditional food product in different areas of Italy. In essence, it is a chocolate cream flavored with cinnamon usually served together with other typical sweets of the period. The combination of sweet black pudding and Carnival chatter is inseparable in some areas!

It owes its name to the peasant custom of adding pig blood taken during the slaughter of the animal to the ingredients. Since 1992, however, the sweet black pudding with pig’s blood has been banned so a reinterpretation of the Neapolitan recipe has been resorted to, which, however, has not lost its charm and its particular flavor.

Sweet black pudding
Sweet black pudding

How to prepare sweet black pudding with the original recipe

  1. Combine all the powders required by the recipe in a saucepan, i.e. sifted corn starch and cocoa, sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Pour in the cold milk, stirring with a whisk to avoid the formation of lumps.
  3. Then transfer everything to the heat and let it cook until it has thickened . It will take about ten minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, chop the dark chocolate with a knife .
  5. Once the cream is ready, add it off the heat along with the butter and stir until melted.
  6. Let the sweet carnival black pudding cool before serving.

The best way to enjoy it, as mentioned in the introduction, is together with chat : dip and enjoy for a unique flavor experience.

History of black pudding: the origins

The recipe for the sweet black pudding is linked to the period of slaughter of the pig, that is, the winter. It is therefore no coincidence that it is counted among the Carnival recipes . It represented a way of using pig blood taken from the carotid artery when killing the animal. While still hot, it was stirred for about 15 minutes and then, once coagulated, it was filtered.

The blood was then cooked together with the grape must and cinnamon until it took on a consistency similar to that of a spreadable cream. Only at the end were then added the walnuts to give crunchiness. Today, due to the ban on the sale of pig blood for health reasons in force since 1992, the recipe for bloodless carnival black pudding is being prepared.


Sweet black pudding can be kept in the refrigerator for 5-6 days , well covered with plastic wrap.

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