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Many of Sicily’s world-famous sweets were invented by nuns.

Sugar, sugar ...

In the 15th century, sugar replaced honey as the most common type of sweetener, lowering the cost of baking.

16th-century nuns

In Sicily many convents became famous for a particular type of sweet.

Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Agrigento, Sicily

Local nuns still sell sweets made according to centuries-old recipes.

A frame from the 1963 film based on the 1958 novel “The Leopard” by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Nuns in the monastery of Palma di Montechiaro still bake sweets described in the novel.