Amygdalota Porou – Danglis (almond sweets)
Amygdalota Porou – Danglis is a family business that has been ‘sweetening up’ the people of Poros since 1976.
Today’s shop sits on Karamanou Square in town and besides the famous crushed almond confections it also offers traditional ice creams, ‘karydota’ (walnut goodies), ‘kourabiedes’ (almond shortbread), ‘pastelli’ (seed and nut brittles) and spoon sweets, all produced by the family of Giannis Danglis, who directs both their preparation and sales.
Apart from the ‘amygdalota’, made with nuts they shell and crush themselves – of which they say ‘the almonds have to be heard, they have to be crunchy not powdery’, the family also specialises in ‘zaharobaklava’, ‘amygdalota’ wrapped in the shape of Turkish delight like a ‘packet’, and ‘karydota’, similar sweets made with walnuts, honey, bread crumbs and cinnamon.
We sat on the square in front of the elegant yet quaint shop with its blue window frames and pretty sign, to drink a fruit liqueur and sample their ‘karydota’ and ‘zaharobaklava’. Both of them were divine. We asked the shopkeepers to tell us a couple of stories from their past to learn how many weddings, christenings, holidays and special treats and memories they had assisted at.
‘What do you want us to tell you? The history of Poros’, was the answer so I gave up my attempt.
Evidently the history of the Danglis family is identical to the history of the island and would take too long to tell.