This week we are going to talk about a sweet tradition in Catalunya: The Chocolate Easter Monas.
Today we can find Easter Monas of all shapes and sizes, with chocolate as the main ingredient; but it was not always like this. Do you know where this tradition comes from and how the firsts Monas were?
The origin of the Easter Monas
We know that the origin of the word Mona comes from the Arabic term “munna” which means a gift to be taken to the mouth. The first documented references of Monas are from the 15th Century, when they were made of common bread and with circular shape. Although there are evidences that time before, Monas were already offered by the Moors to their lords at the end of Lent, between Ash Wednesday and Resurrection Sunday. Moment when the abstinence of some foods ended.
Over time, the tradition of the Monas changed and became a gift of godparents to their godchildren. Monas were still made of bread and decorated with as many hard-boiled eggs -a symbol of fertility- as the child had. This tradition was repeated every Easter until the child was twelve years old.
From traditional Monas to modern Monas
In the 19th Century, the tradition began to turn when confectioners changed chicken eggs to chocolate eggs.
Cocoa was starting to become the main ingredient of the Monas, and they were decorated with many little figurines. Very different from the first traditional Monas, and much more similar to those we know today, with different shapes, colors, sizes and themes.
Such was the fame of those new chocolate Monas, that in 1904 the first exhibition of Monas was held in the park of the Citadel of Barcelona. And since that moment, the exhibitions have been repeated every year, consolidating this sweet tradition in the city.
Great Masters Chocolatiers specialized in Easter Monas
One of the most important masters chocolatiers specialized in Monas is Escribá, an authentic chocolate artist who has appeared on television, and has turned his creations into a cultural and gastronomic claim of Barcelona. He is also son of Antoni Escribà, who in 1950 became one of the chocolate greatest transgressors artists.
Another great chocolate artist is Albert Balcells, who in 1984 made The New York Statue of Liberty to illustrate the cover of National Geographic magazine.
Today, one of the most representative chocolate artists is Enric Rovira, who makes impressive replicas of the architecture of Gaudí.
Undoubtedly, Chocolate Easter Monas have become a sweet tradition in Catalonia, so from the Aerobus blog we encourage you to come to Barcelona to enjoy this great gastronomic event and the beautiful Day Of Sant Jordi, which is just around the corner.
Travel with the comfort of the plane, we take care of taking you to the city center in just 35 minutes. Just like the return, so you don’t have to worry about being late, just to enjoy your trip.
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