One of the island’s most popular sweets is adapted from the Catalonia region of Spain. Flaons are a sweet or savoury filled pastry traditionally eaten around Easter but now available year-round in Menorca, perhaps due to its popularity with locals and visitors alike! Flaons are made from wheat flour, olive oil, eggs, lard, and yeast, and are typically filled with Mahon cheese, the island’s local delicacy. Many varieties of flaons, such as the ones found on the Spanish mainland, are shaped into semicircles rather like an empanada, but Menorcan flaons are more elaborate, often found in blossom shapes with ruffled edges and rounded top.
Another sweet delicacy of Menorca is the carquinyol, a small, crunchy biscuits not unlike Italian biscotti. Carquinyols are made with flour, sugar, leavening, and almonds, and are often flavoured with lemon and cinnamon. Less substantial than flaons, you’ll definitely want a handful of these little biscuits!