On November 2nd, we make Torrone dei Morti, a kind of dark chocolate fudge throughout the region of Campania. According to old legend, this chocolate treat makes an unbearable day of remembering our departed slightly more tolerable. It is shaped into one long rectangle that is reminiscent of a bone, a dead body or a coffin. Today young lovers exchange Torrone on November 2nd as one might exchange chocolate hearts on Valentines Day.
There are also hazelnuts in this chocolate fudge. Some people say the crunch of the hazelnuts is reminiscent of bones. I don’t know how I feel about this textural metaphor, but whatever works. I suppose the point is mainly to treat death with practiced nonchalance so that we ritualistically unafraid. Neapolitans are comically fatalistic. They also love sweets. It is only natural that Torrone would result. I enjoy making Torrone because in a strange way it reminds me of all that chocolate I once ate with Antonietta.