A polvorón is a type of heavy, soft and very crumbly Spanish shortbread made of flour, sugar, milk and nuts. They are produced mostly in Andalusia, where there are about 70 factories in that are part of a syndicate that produces polvorones and mantecados.Under the name mantecados, these sweets are a traditional preparation of other areas of the Iberian Peninsula as well.
Polvorones are popular in all Spain and ex-Spanish colonies in Latin America, as well as the Philippines, during the Christmas period. Traditionally they were prepared from September to January but are now available all year round. There are authors who claim a possible Levantine origin, based on a similar sweet known as “ghurayba”,but the recipe is too simple and one of the traditional main ingredients in the polvorones is pig fat.