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10 Most Decadent Pastries Ever Conceived

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Cannoli
Does this chocolate chip cannoli make your mouth water?
Does this chocolate chip cannoli make your mouth water?
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Any Italian bakery worth its weight in salt (or sugar?) carries dozens of mouth-watering cannoli. Cannoli are so rooted in Italian culture, they even get their own shout-out in the famous film "The Godfather," with the line, "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." Cannoli are tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, piped full of a rich cream that contains ricotta cheese. You'll find lots of variations, including chocolate-dipped pastry shells, pistachio nuts, citrus peel or candied cherries.

Did you know: The singular form of cannoli is cannolo. But who can eat just one?