first writings about canestrej date back to the
19th century; simple and round wafers similar
to Hosts, enriched with chocolate whose recipe
was slightly different from a family to another
according to the place of origin. In ancient times
these wafers where produced in the fireplace with
jaw tools that gave the particular shape like
a basket interlacement to the wafer.
It is supposed that the name "canestrej" (small
basket) comes from that. Once upon a time there
was an advise to cook the wafer: while cooking
you had to say a prayer "Lady Mary" was better
than "Our Father" because shorter.
manuscript of the Napoleon period (1805) kept
at Biblioteca Reale di Torino talks about the
deliciousness of that products: "Bread and
pastry: in Biella and its surroundings there is
the best bread in the whole Piedmont. It is sent
to Vercelli, Turin, especially bread-sticks called
Cressin or Grissini. Excellent kinds of pastry, Canestrelli,
have been produced as well; their chocolate is
appreciated and delivered in many towns".
Jeantet canestrej e Canestrelli keep inside more
than two hundred years of history; they are prepared
with the best ingredients, respecting still today
the ancient recipes.