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26 Of The Best Desserts From Latin American Countries

~'Cause every taste is ooh-la-la, it's true la-la-la~

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best Latin American desserts from their country! Here are the yummy results:

Note: Many of these desserts have different variations across Latin America and are not tied to one specific place so while they may be listed as one name here, they might be known by a different name in another country. Desserts that do originate from one specific country will be specified! Now without further ado:

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1. Chocolate santafereño from Colombia is hot chocolate with melted cheese inside. It's a staple of Colombian cuisine and a true a local favorite that can be found in many cafes and restaurants in Colombia.

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"Colombian hot chocolate! Every year we import Corona Chocolate blocks so my grandma can make it! One of the main differences from 'regular' hot chocolate (besides the brand) is that you add chunks of cheese to the bottom of each cup. It gets infused with the chocolate flavor and perfectly melted, but doesn’t mix into the chocolate itself. Yum!" —sageglover

2. Flan napolitano from Mexico. This egg-based custard is sweet and creamy, usually served with a layer of caramel sauce on the bottom.

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"The kind served in the US never has the same mouthwatering feel as the ones I have tried in Mexico. I find them too dense like a brûlée." —adrianam4cbf40c19


3. Natilla cubana from Cuba is a classic custard that's thick, creamy and an all-around good eat.

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"My tiny, chubby Cuban self LOVED natilla. It is a rich creamy vanilla custard — I describe it as like a creme brûlée without the brûlée (torched sugar on top). It’s so decadent and satisfying and I could probably eat a whole batch in one sitting."


"Rich, creamy vanilla custard sprinkled with cinnamon? Soooo good!" —notmepls

4. Buñuelos. Another one that is popular and widespread across Latin America. It is known as "nuegados" in El Salvador. These are fried dough balls with different kinds of fillings based on the recipe, and covered with something sweet, like caramel or sugar. Fillings include cassava, apples, glutinous rice, and bananas. They're often eaten during holidays.

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"My mom makes buñuelos on New Year's with champurrado. She also makes a wine sauce to go over the bunuelos." —adelat3


5. Dulce de leche is a sweet sauce that looks and tastes similar to caramel. It's made by heating sweetened milk and sugar. The phrase means "candy [made] of milk" or "caramel." It's used in all throughout Latin-American cuisine and you can put it on everything from cake and waffles to ice cream and brownies. Yum.

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Dulce de leche is very similar to cajeta (also considered the Mexican version of dulce de leche). Cajeta is a Mexican caramel sauce that is made with goat's milk, which marks the main difference. Cinnamon is also added to it.

6. Solteritas from Colombia. These rosette cookies actually originate from Scandinavia! They are extremely popular in Colombia and can be found almost everywhere.

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"It’s a rosette cookie with a jelly and condensed milk on top. It tastes like bubblegum and has an amazing texture!" —ashrome

7. Pastelitos de guayaba from Cuba (known as bocadillo de guayaba in Colombia) are baked puff pastries stuffed with guava. Other fruit fillings include coconut and pineapple.

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"Guava is one of the quintessential tropical fruits and so many countries have sweets with it. In Colombia, we know it as bocadillo. Paired with cheese and a hot cup of tinto (coffee) is like a taste of heaven and home. —camilabolivarg

8. Brigadeiro from Brazil. They're chocolate truffles that can be rolled in sprinkles, coconut flakes or other toppings. They are commonly made at home but also found throughout bakeries, and are well-loved by Brazilians.

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"People, please look at the brigadeiro. It is perfect and wonderful, the best." —polinvll

9. Arroz con leche. This one is a rice pudding dish that can be found across Latin America with countless versions and variations. It's widespread, yummy, and popular for good reason! Basic garnishments are cinnamon and raisins; other places will add lemon, coconut, nutmeg, coffee, and more depending on where you get it from.

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10. Chocoflan from Mexico. As the name implies, this is a combo of chocolate cake and flan, with cake on the bottom and the flan on top, drizzled with melted caramel.

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11. Polvito Urugüayo Canario from Uruguay and the Canary Islands. It's a mixed dessert served in a glass. It's hard to describe with one word since it's a blend of things mixed together but rest assured, everyone who tries it loves it!

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"I'm from Canary Islands and there is a lot of South America influence. Especially in food. The best desert I have to say is Polvito Urugüayo: crumbled plain cookies, condensed milk, whipped cream, and meringues all mixed into a big sweet delicious mess." —zarzoanaih

12. Kuchen from Chile. "Kuchen" is a German word that means "cake" and is actually a German dessert that was introduced to Chile when German immigrants settled there in the 1850s. While it has many different variations in Germany and across other cultures, in Chile, they are usually cakes or pies made with fruits like apples and strawberries, and sometimes with walnuts.

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13. Turrón de Doña Pepa from Peru is a sticky nougat treat that is traditionally eaten in the month of October in honor of El Senor de los Milagros. It's usually homemade but can be bought in bakeries too. There are many things that go into it, like cookie sticks, brown sugar syrup, sesame seeds, sprinkles, molasses, and more.

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14. Chongos zamoranos from Mexico. This curdled milk dessert usually has a touch of cinnamon and sugar, and is nice and sweet.

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"One of Mexico’s best and most underrated desserts is chongos zamoranos. It’s curdled sweet milk in syrup." —marianag4fb34d6e6

15. Pudim is the Brazilian version of flan that's made slightly differently.

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I'm from Brazil and we have so many delicious desserts that it is hard to pick one. But I daresay pudim. Pudim is a custard made with milk, condensed milk, eggs, and caramel. Every family and person has their own recipe and preference. It can vary texture from chewy with little holes to dense and smooth. Anyway, it's always delicious! —v40f514176

16. Tres leches cake and cuatro leches cake. This milk cake is tender, moist, and found all over Latin America. Tres leches (which literally means "three milks") is soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated, condensed, and heavy cream. Meanwhile, cuatro leches ("four milks") is a variation that includes a fourth milk or sweet. This can be powdered milk, coconut milk, dulce de leche, or caramel.

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17. Alfajores are buttery soft sandwich cookies filled with creamy dulce de leche. They are widespread across all of Latin America and can be found in countless restaurants and cafes.

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"The most decadent cookie known to humanity." —kembrah

18. Chamoyadas from Mexico. This is a sweet and spicy shaved ice with chamoy — a savory sauce in Mexican cuisine — and fruit. Sometimes ice cream or sorbet is used, along with chili powder. There are several variations and flavors, like mango, guava, and strawberry.

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"Chamoyadas are the epitome of Mexico’s love for powdered chile and chamoy."


19. Bizcocho Dominicano is a cake from the Dominican Republic that can be found in almost every bakery and is popular outside of the country as well. It's famous for its moist, airy texture and meringue frosting.

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Anyone who has ever had Dominican cake has fallen in love with it." —yeseniajukebox

"Dominican cake is the best cake hands down, from the supiro to the guava, pineapple and tres leches inside. Nothing beats it." —kiisabel

20. Canjica from Brazil is is a porridge made with white corn (the canjica) and cooked with milk, sugar, and cinnamon. The ingredients vary depending on who's making it. Things like spices, coconut, coconut milk, cloves, peanuts, and condensed milk can be added.

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"Hot or cold, it's heavenly." —danielles45dd15ad4

21. Sopapillas from Mexico are fried pastries that are quick to make. They have many variations across Latin America.

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"Sopapillas are made from flour tortillas, drizzled with honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon...delicious and simple. I know there are other ways to make these, but it's always the way we had it growing up." —kopntoutantalus2

22. Chocotorta from Argentina. It's a layered cookie that is a must-have in the country.

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"You'll find it at every single birthday party ever and never get sick of it. it's made with chocolate cookies, milk/coffee, and of course dulce de leche." —yami97

"Chocotorta is chocolate cookies soaked in coffee with cream cheese and dulce de leche filling." —aguss4301de52d

23. Quesadilla salvadoreña from El Salvador. Different from the Mexican version, this one is a sweet, moist cheese pound cake made with sugar, cream, and, of course, cheese.

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24. Milhoja is a stacked mille-feuille puff-pastry filled with meringue and dulce de leche. They're popular across Latin America and belong to a number of cuisines.

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"You have not tasted heaven until you have had milhojas." —caitelsa

25. Rellenitos de plátano from Guatemala is a common dessert and popular street food. The plantains are cooked and mashed, then stuffed with sweet black beans, chocolate, and cinnamon.

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"Deep-fried plantain balls filled with refried black beans sprinkled with sugar." —lizv4367ed200

26. Tembleque from Puerto Rico. It's a coconut pudding and one of the most popular desserts in Puerto Rico. Recipes vary so the ingredients may include different things like spices, rum, orange blossom water, or chocolate shavings.

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"Puerto Rico has so many good desserts but flan and tembleque are bomb. Tembleque is a coconut pudding, typically made during Christmas time." —kristennp

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