For the chocolate glacing: 50 gr bitter chocolate, 100 gr sugar, 2 small spoonfuls of water
For the white glacing: Gr 100 fine sugar, Half egg white
Do the same with the other half of the dough, and bake in an already heated oven (180° centigrade) for 20 minutes. Leave the snakes to cool perfectly, and take them out only when completely cold.
Then prepare the glacings. Put the bitter chocolate in pieces in a little pot with the sugar and water. Have a soft kitchen brush ready. When the chocolate is melted and still very hot, brush with it the 2 snakes, then wait for the chocolate on the cakes to solidify.
Then prepare the white glacing with the half egg white and fine sugar (beat the compound until it is like snow). Wash the brush and dry it, then with the white glacing draw on the snakes the design of a spine.
The cake with the green eyes and the red tongue is a greatly decorative preparation typical of Orsogna. Already in ancient Rome, as Ovid (the poet native of Sulmona) tells in his poem Metamorphoses, during the festivals celebrating the new year it was a tradition to offer something in the form of a snake as a gift and a good health wish.
Abruzzo is a land of snakes; every year there is the procession of the "serpari" in Cocullo, on the first Thursday in May, in honor of St Dominick, originary of Foligno but a hermit for long decades in many areas of Abruzzo, a protector against snake and dog bites. St Dominick took on himself in Christian times the ancient pagan cult of Angitia, sister of Medea and Circes, who taught (as Virgil tell in the Aeneid, vol 7) the Marsian people of Luco the art of healing snake bites. These rites, since the snake lives inside the earth, are connected to the cult of Mother earth, to Hesculapius (the god that taught medicine and whose symbol is two intertwined snakes), and to fertility rites in honor of Juno, in whose temples sacred snakes were kept.