Eating the mona on Easter Monday is one of the traditions that we like to follow. Its festive character, in a day in which the godfather must give it to its godchildren and the fact of turning chocolate into protagonist, make that year after year real chocolate art pieces arrive at our homes. And in Andorra, where can you find them?
A centuries-old tradition
References to the 'mona' have been found as a sweet food typical of Easter Day since the fifteenth century, although it is believed that its origins are even older. During this time, the shape and composition of this sweet has varied a lot: from being a bread dough or a doll with legs (which some interpret as an old fecundity cult) to the current cake with butter and chocolate that we find currently in the bakeries. The adornments in the monas (hard boiled eggs, candied fruit or chocolate figurines) would not begin to generalize until the 19th century.
Mona, with or without sponge cake
Today we can choose from a large assortment of monas. In the bakeries of the commercial centers of the country you will find these fantastic desserts in measures and prices for all tastes and themes. But if you really are a fan of chocolate, don’t miss the chance to visit these establishments:
Les delicies del Jimmy's:
Small pastry shop in the center of Canillo (just 5 minutes away from the hotel). As a good French pastry chef, his creations cannot miss butter in its proper moderation. They are also chocolate specialists with what success is assured whether you choose the typical Easter eggs, or if you opt for more commercial proposals that children like so much.
If sponge cake is not your thing but you don’t want to refuse chocolate, here you will find very good raw material. In this franchise, with establishments also throughout Spain, chocolate eggs, chickens and chicks have been filling the shop window for weeks. But you are not alone! Monas dedicated to team sports such as football or basketball; pink chocolate piglets, teddy bears, sheep and other animals, Mickey Mouse aviator, Star Wars and pirate ships, castles of princesses, unicorns and even a Japanese egg ... All of them with gluten-free chocolate and without palm oil (and without sponge cake!)
In addition to the above mentioned establishments, you will find other bakeries where you can shop your chocolate and mona. They stand out among them: L'espiga d'Or, L'Art i Pa, or the Estopiñan pastry shop, all of them in the center of Andorra.
We hope you have taken good note and that during this Easter Break you can enjoy the best chocolate in Andorra. And remember that if you are one of those who spend Easter at home, you will still have one last weekend to ski before the end of the season at Grandvalira and to celebrate we have prepared a special offer with a farewell party that you will not forget . We await you!...