- To eat comfits
The sugar coating is rather hard, so most people let it slowly dissolve in their mouth, then crunch the almond. If the heart of the confetto is made of chocolate, the dissolving process can proceed seamlessly from coating to coated delicacy. Some people prefer to crunch the confetto as soon as it lands in their mouth, an acceptable option that is harder on the teeth and makes a distinctive noise.
- To celebrate a wedding
(in the sense of going to someone's wedding party, not of performing the wedding ceremony) Giving confetti to wedding invitees is such a strong tradition that the act of eating them has become synonymous with participating to the wedding festivities. Asking someone who is engaged to be married quando mangiamo i confetti? (when are we going to eat comfit?) is equivalent to asking whether the wedding date has been set and what that date is.
[This post is dedicated to Jann.]
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