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Olivette di Sant’Agata (Saint Agatha’s Sweet Olives)

Olivette di Sant’Agata (Saint Agatha’s Sweet Olives)

Servings: 6-8


  • 200 grams almonds, shelled
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • sugar for coating
  • small amount green food colouring



  • Remove the skin from the almonds after immersing them for a few seconds in boiling water. Then pound them together with 100 grams of sugar.
  • Place the remaining sugar in a saucepan with a few tablespoons of water, and heat until it starts to melt.
  • Remove from the heat, and add the almond mixture, rum, and green colouring.
  • Knead until the mixture is smooth.
  • Rub small balls between the palms into the shape of olives. Coat each “olive” by rolling it in sugar.
  • Leave for a few hours before serving. Buon Appetito!