Like cigars, cannoli require expert rolling techniques to keep their contents from spilling out and ruining a child’s new haircut. Protect the heads of tiny people with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a dozen assorted mini cannoli at Stuffed Artisan Cannolis (a $20 value).
From humble beginnings as a food cart in Little Italy, Stuffed Artisan Cannolis has expanded into a Lower East Side brick-and-mortar bakery that houses a menu of more than 70 variations of the iconic Italian dessert. The rotating menu offers up to 15 flavors each week—inspired by popular American foods, liquors, seasonal ingredients, and more—charming taste buds with 3-inch mini creations such as the Girl Scout cookie, the birthday cake, and the PB&J. Pastry chefs stuff and decorate the cannoli fresh every 30 minutes by hand, ensuring the desserts are not soggy or fearful of a human’s touch. The bakery acquires its ingredients from both local and international sources, infusing pastries with delicacies such as ricotta impastata from a local artisan-cheese purveyor and dulce de leche from Argentina.