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Sweets of Menorca

The Balearic island of Menorca sits at a cultural and geographic crossroads between Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Thanks to its busy port of Mahon, Menorca has been exposed to international tastes and traditions throughout its history. These influences play out visibly in the island’s cuisine, which shows evidence of centuries of cultural exchange. However, this small but vibrant island has lent its own unique style to many international dishes, creating a cuisine that is distinctly Menorcan. If you visit Menorca, your sweet tooth certainly won’t be disappointed. Here are some of the delicacies you won’t want to miss.

Flaons

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!

Carquinyols

For something a bit richer, go for mitjallunes, literally “half moons,” small doughnut-like cakes with a sugar and egg yolk icing on top. As the name implies, these little sponge cakes are cut into half-rounds, revealing a thin layer of candied egg yolk and vanilla filling.

Last but not least, don’t miss Menorca’s thin and crispy crespellines. Recognisable by their scalloped, textured edges, these sweet, cinnamon-scented biscuits are a Menorcan favourite. Try dipping them in milk or tea for a satisfying breakfast or snack.

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