Sicilian almonds are much valued for their sweetness and intensive aroma.
In the past, they were eaten by workers in the countryside. In fact, almonds provide our bodies with a high energy supply without weighing it down. In this way, our grandparents, who could consume up to 5,000 calories in a working day, could restore their energy levels while continuing to work. Pregnant women also benefited from eating almonds and have no need for any kind of food supplements.
We roast the almonds in our own workshop, carefully controlling the cooking time and the quantity of sea salt, to offer you a tasty, balanced snack or a refined aperitif.
The packaging is vacuum-packed to guarantee all the properties and goodness of this delicious fruit.
- Gluten Free
- Progetto Sostenuto
- Economia Carceraria
L’Arcolaio is a type B social cooperative, which was founded in 2003 to facilitate the work placement of prisoners through the management of a productive activity within the Syracuse prison, which it takes care of and initiates commercial development.
Initially, the cooperative produces organic bread, but encounters many commercial difficulties and the market and customers are not yet ready for this innovative choice, therefore the production of bread is abandoned, favoring the organic, gluten-free and solidarity creation of almond pastes and other typical sweets of the Sicilian tradition.
In 2005 the registered trademark “Dolci Evasioni” was created and a dedicated packaging was developed. Dolci Evasioni products conquer the national market through specialized organic shops, fair trade shops and GAS (solidarity buying groups).
In 2014, with the support of the Val di Noto Community Foundation, of which the Arcolaio is a founding member, the Frutti degli Iblei project was launched: through the recovery of uncultivated land and the involvement of other categories of disadvantaged people (mainly young and immigrant women), new product categories are introduced, such as aromatic herbs, flavored salts and dried vegetables.
All products are made with organic ingredients of the highest quality and are certified by ICEA (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification).
Furthermore, Dolci Evasioni produced in prison are entirely gluten free, thanks to a laboratory that excludes the use of raw materials with gluten.
Most of the Arcolaio's desserts are based on the use of Sicilian almonds, an excellence of the territory. Almonds can be tasted natural or peeled, toasted, praline and covered with delicious chocolate, or transformed into fragrant traditional Sicilian sweets, such as almond paste and soft amaretti, and in the precious preparation for almond milk. The almond is also the protagonist of the pesto, made only with basil and extra virgin olive oil, without garlic and without cheese.
In addition to almonds, citrus fruits are also enhanced: "we select the most fragrant lemons and oranges, dry the slices at low temperature to give you a delicious snack and transform the skins into irresistible candied fruit covered in chocolate. The syrup obtained from candying is used as a base for our wholemeal shortbread biscuits of ancient Sicilian wheat ".
From traditional almond paste to carob syrup, many Sicilian products delivered directly to your home.
History And Social Project
The Arcolaio is a social cooperative founded in 2003 to promote the employment of inmates through the management of a production activity within the prison of Syracuse, which it oversees and develops commercially. In 2005, the registered trademark 'Dolci Evasioni' (Sweet Escapes) was created, and dedicated packaging was developed. Dolci Evasioni products have gained recognition in the national market through organic specialty stores, fair trade shops, and solidarity purchasing groups. In 2014, with the support of the Val di Noto Community Foundation, of which Arcolaio is a founding member, the Frutti degli Iblei project was launched: by reclaiming uncultivated land and involving other disadvantaged groups (mainly young people and immigrant women), new product categories such as aromatic herbs, flavored salts, and dried vegetables were introduced.
From the very beginning, one of the distinctive features of L'Arcolaio's products has been the use of organic raw materials, sourced from collaborative networks of small local farmers and fair trade (such as cane sugar), as a signal of the global dimension of solidarity. An added value is certainly the preference for ingredients from controlled supply chains that safeguard environmental balance and protect workers' rights. Respect for the earth also involves the promotion of natural and cultural diversity in the territory, such as the choice of almonds, an excellent product from the southeastern region of Sicily, as well as citrus fruits, carob, and wild herbs. The experience of social economy represents an evolutionary factor in rebalancing market mechanisms, aimed at raising public awareness of critical and conscious consumption. Their project believes and continues to contribute to the evolution of the penitentiary system towards a true rehabilitative function, thanks to a welcoming spirit in concrete work integration projects.
All products are made with high-quality organic ingredients and are certified by ICEA (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification). The Dolci Evasioni line, produced in prison, is entirely gluten-free thanks to a laboratory that excludes the use of gluten-containing raw materials. Most of the sweets produced are based on the use of Sicilian almonds, an excellence of the region. Almonds can be enjoyed natural, peeled, toasted, pralined, and covered in delicious chocolate, or as almond paste and soft amaretti, and in the precious almond milk preparation. Only cane sugar is used in the making, providing a delicate and aromatic sweetness. Almonds also take center stage in the pesto, made only with basil and extra virgin olive oil, without garlic and cheese. In addition to almonds, Sicilian citrus fruits are also valued through the selection of the most fragrant lemons and oranges, transforming the peels into irresistible candied treats covered in chocolate. Carob fruits, typical of the southeastern region of Sicily, are used to make exquisite artisanal syrup following ancient recipes. Finally, on the rocky and sunny terrains of the Iblei Mountains, aromatic herbs are meticulously gathered, mixed with sea salt from the Trapani Nature Reserve managed by WWF, and sealed in glass jars ready to release intense and precious flavors and aromas.