Gueffus: Almond Sweet from Sardinia


Gueffus are soft almond balls, typical for Sardinia. The main ingredients include almond flour, sugar, and lemon. From these ingredients, a small ball similar to an egg is formed, which is probably where the name of the dessert comes from (“huevos” – eggs – in Spanish).

Almond balls Gueffos
Almond balls Gueffos

Their preparation is really simple, the mass is just cooked in a pot, no baking is needed. An interesting feature is the packaging in colorful papers, by which the candies can be recognized from a distance. The papers can be frayed at the end, and the tassels are said to resemble the typical battlements of medieval castles.

Almond balls Gueffos
Almond balls Gueffos

Gueffus can be flavored with various liqueurs, or they can have coatings, sometimes almonds can be replaced with hazelnuts, it all depends on local customs.

Almond balls Gueffos
Almond balls Gueffos

We tried a version from the Biscottificio Collu bakery, which has been dedicated to traditional sweets from Sardinia since 1973. However, you may also come across products from other manufacturers, but the paper may be completely identical.

Almond balls Gueffos inside
Almond balls Gueffos inside

If you don’t know these almond balls, give them a chance. You will taste a piece of Sardinian tradition.

Bon appetit!

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