Dulce de Leche, What’s In a Name?

Dulce de Leche is a thick, caramel like milk based spread. It is extremely popular throughout Latin America. And it continues to grow in popularity within the United States.

However, it’s name varies greatly from country to country in Latin America. In Argentina, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica it goes by the name of dulce de leche. In countries such as Ecuador, Chile, and Panama it is referred to as Manjar. Peruvians and Colombians prefer Manjar Blanco or Arequipe depending on the region. While Mexicans and Nicaraguans use the title, cajeta. And in Brazil, where the native language is Portuguese, doce de leite is it’s proper name.

However dulce de leche is referred to, one commonality is in its preparation. Typically, it is prepared by slowly simmering a combination of sweetened milk and sugar. While the mix is simmering it is important to continuously stir until the milk and sugar form a thick, brown sauce. The spanish words “dulce de leche” literally translates into english as “candy or sweet from milk”. It’s no wonder it is used in countless ways as an ingredient in numerous desserts. It’s also a must for plenty of incredible dulce de leche recipes. Dulce de leche is used to flavor candies and ice cream. Or as a rich filling for cupcakes and pies. Perfect for frosting cakes or as a spread for toast, pastries, and pancakes. But dulce de leche is unmistakably known as the most irreplaceable ingredient for the infamous Argentine cookie, the alfajor.

Dulce de Leche is primarily manufactured in South America. A few of the more popular brands such as San Igancio, Conaprole, Nestle La LecheraVeronica are exported throughout the world. In the United States imported dulce de leche can be purchased in your local Latin American grocery store. Or enjoyed as a dessert at your favorite Argentine restaurant. However, if those options aren’t available, you can always buy online. Amigofoods boasts the widest selection of authentic dulce de leche anywhere. It offers dulce de leche brands from Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Brazil. If you haven’t tried dulce de leche, or however you want to call it, you don’t know what you’re missing!

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