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Top 5 Latin American Desserts

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While French pastries top most dessert lists, it might come as a surprise to some that Latin American desserts are easily able to hold their own. What’s the secret to a really delicious dessert? Fat and sugar, of course. These top 5 Latin American desserts are not lacking in either.

Tres Leches Cake

The name “tres leches” literally translates to “three milks.” In this case, the tres leches cake includes evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. Sometimes, you’ll see a quatros leches cake that has an extra type of milk or sugar added. It could be coconut milk or caramel, depending on the baker’s taste buds.

Churros con Chocolate Caliente

Churros are the beloved sticks of fried dough found in almost every Latin neighborhood around the world. You can even find them in the subways of New York City! To make churros even better, churros con chocolate caliente offers up a side of hot chocolate dipping sauce.


Flan is a jiggly, egg-based custard. It’s even made an appearance in the famous TV series, Friends, in the episode called “The One with the Two Parties.” This delicious dessert is not only creamy and rich, but has a light caramel taste at the end. It goes extremely well with a cup of hot tea or espresso.

Arroz con Leche

This is a rice pudding dish that’s traditionally garnished with cinnamon and raisins. Of course, you can get creative and use lemon, coconut, nutmeg, or coffee grounds as a garnish. Unlike the other desserts on this list, arroz con leche is a little less sweet making it a good option for those with less of a sweet tooth.


Miljoha is made out of the famous mille-feuille pastry. When baked properly, the resulting dough is crunchy and made of hundreds of thin layers. Add some meringue and dulce de leche, then stack a few layers of this dough and you have miljoha.

Bonus sauce: Dulce de Leche

It tastes like caramel sauce, but dulce de leche is actually made from heating up milk and sugar. You can put this sauce on just about anything, crepes, churros, donuts. The only limit is your imagination!

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