Saturday 10/16/21

Italy proud to mark Tiramisu day as a pandemic distraction

Delivery services that offered tiramisu did well in the pandemic.
FILED - A portion of tiramisu Photo: Lotte Glatt/dpa
A portion of tiramisu Photo: Lotte Glatt/dpa.

There's a global pandemic going on, but if that's not enough to justify enjoying some dessert, then Italy also has an excuse ready to go: Sunday marks International Tiramisu Day.

The Italian news agency ANSA proudly announced that the traditional dessert featuring mascarpone, coffee and lady's fingers would be celebrated at the weekend, and even Italians take comfort in this treat, with sales rising last year by about 5%, it reported.

Delivery services that offered tiramisu did well in the pandemic, ANSA reported, though pre-made versions are also available in stores.

Launched in 2017

Tiramisu Sunday was launched in 2017 by a few food writers, according to a website about the celebration. In normal times, there were competitions to see who could make the best version of the dessert, as well as who could offer the best new takes on the classic sweet.

There have meanwhile been creations that feature peanut butter or chocolate spread, as well as bananas or strawberries. For an even more interesting flavour - and colour - green tea has also been used.