26 Of The Best Desserts From Latin American Countries
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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:
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.
2. Flan napolitano from Mexico. This egg-based custard is sweet and creamy, usually served with a layer of caramel sauce on the bottom.
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.
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.
6. Solteritas from Colombia. These rosette cookies actually originate from Scandinavia! They are extremely popular in Colombia and can be found almost everywhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
14. Chongos zamoranos from Mexico. This curdled milk dessert usually has a touch of cinnamon and sugar, and is nice and sweet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
21. Sopapillas from Mexico are fried pastries that are quick to make. They have many variations across Latin America.
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.
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.
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.
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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