Hamantaschen is a filled pastry recognizable for its triangular shape, associated with the Jewish holiday of Purim and Haman, the villain in the Purim story. The shape is achieved by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough, with a filling placed in the center. Hamantashen are made with many different fillings, including poppy seed (the oldest and most traditional variety).
Various reasons are suggested for the triangular shape. Some say Haman wore a tricorne hat. Other sources say its taken from the three cornered dice used in the ancient Babylonian Royal Game of Ur, suggesting that Haman threw dice to determine the day of destruction for the Jews.
Aman’s (Haman) ears, not to be confused with ashkenazi hamantaschen, are thin, crisp layers of fried dough, cut in the traditional triangular shape and covered in sugar: they’re just the same as Italian chiacchiere, with the only exception of the different shape, as Italian chiacchiere are shaped like simple rectangular stripes.