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You Haven't Lived Life Until You've Tried Conchas

It's not sweet bread...It's PAN DULCE.

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It's time we recognize the king of pan dulce. I'm talking about CONCHAS (or conchitas. Either one is OK).

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So what are conchas? They're an iconic Mexican sweet bread, famous for its round, shell-like form. While conchas are a staple of the holiday season for Mexicans, they're also a year-round treat.

Concha = Shell for our non-Spanish speaking friends.
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Concha = Shell for our non-Spanish speaking friends.

While everyone makes conchas in their own unique way, the top usually consists of a delightful paste made of butter, sugar, and flour, and in some instances, cocoa.

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The paste is given its traditional concha form...

...and then baked to perfection.

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There is nothing in this world better than the smell of fresh conchas being baked at your local panaderia at 5:00 a.m.

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...ready to be dipped in the finest cup of Mexican hot chocolate.

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You'll always remember the times when your mom came home with a bag full of these piping hot conchas, still radiating the sweet smell of childhood joy.

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You couldn't wait to get your hands on one of these, and bite through the slightly crunchy exterior, and into that hot, soft, fluffy bread in the middle.

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They look so damn appetizing you'll want to drop whatever you're doing and head over to the nearest panaderia just to pick up a batch of this holy goodness.

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But conchas are more than just your typical sweet bread.

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They represent love.

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They represent family.

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They represent our culture and we are.

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And we couldn't be prouder to share it with the world.

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