If you have a sweet tooth and are also a foodie, you might have the ambition to try desserts from all over the world. While you might’ve tried desserts from places like China, France, and different parts of the USA, you’re probably less well-versed in Latin American desserts. More specifically, Colombia.
As most Americans don’t have much experience or knowledge in anything regarding Colombia, maybe you’re a bit curious about what they have to offer the culinary world. In this article, we’ll tell you about 11 must-try Colombian desserts!
1. Postre de Natas
This is probably the most famous dessert in all of Colombia, so make sure you don’t miss out on this one! It’s a unique dessert unlike to anything else you’ve had before. It originated in the Andean area of Colombia, but now you can find Postre de Natas all over the country.
It’s made by boiling milk a few times and utilizing the foam that rises up in the boiling process. You then mix it with eggs, raisins, and syrup. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can even put rum in it.
2. Torta de Tres Leches
“Torta de tres leches” translates to “cake with three milks.” As the name suggests, this dessert is a soft sponge cake that’s been soaked in three different types of milks: cream, condensed, and evaporated milk. You can find this classic dessert anywhere in Colombia.
However, bakers have gotten more inventive in recent years and have been making their own versions of torta de tres leches with different flavors in the milk. You’ll find cakes that have chocolate, coconut, strawberry, coffee, and all other types of flavors.
Dulce de leche has to be one you’ve heard of before. Translated, it means “candy made of milk” or “caramel.” In Colombia, it’s also known as “arequipe.”
This type of caramel is made from sweetened milk that’s been slowly heated. If you have a huge sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss out on trying this dessert. It’s sure to hit the spot.
Obleas is a type of snack you can find at street stalls, which is great when you have a craving for dessert while you’re roaming the streets of Colombia. These giant wafers can be filled with a variety of things, such as raspberry sauce, coconut, cheese, or even arequipe (or dulce de leche).
It’s almost like a crepe (France) or a stroopwafel (the Netherlands), but on a larger scale. If you like either of those desserts, then you’ll like the Colombian version for sure!
5. Brevas con Arequipe
This is another dessert that makes good use of arequipe, or dulce de leche. With how delicious the dessert is, can you blame them? You’d want to put it in everything too if you lived in the country!
Brevas con arequipe is a Colombian dessert with figs (brevas). You can find figs in all areas of the Colombian diet, with it commonly eaten with white farmer’s cheese. In fact, you can eat brevas with both arequipe and cheese if you so wish!
6. Salpicon de Frutas
This one’s for the fruit lovers. Salpicon de frutas is essentially a sweetened up fruit salad/cocktail, which is why many Colombians grab this in the morning as their breakfasts. It’s super refreshing when it’s a sweltering day.
Basically, the vendor chops up various fruits and stuffs them into a cup. Then, they fill the cup with authentic Colombian soda.
It’s often topped with either condensed milk or whipped cream. You can even turn your cocktail into a float by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top! It’s perfect for both hydration and cooling yourself down.
This is a dessert you’ll find everywhere if you visit Colombia during Christmastime. Natilla is traditionally served during Christmas, which means every family will have it in their homes.
Colombian natilla is a custard that’s sprinkled with cinnamon for a little bit of kick. You’ll often find it served with bunuelos, which are Colombian fried cheesy dough balls.
Walk into any bakery in Colombia, and you’ll find roscon. It looks like a Bundt cake, with its ringed shape. But it’s not really a cake; instead, it’s made from sweet bread.
Inside, you’ll find either cream or guava paste. On the outside, roscon will have sweets, ground nuts, or sugar on top.
9. Cuajada con Melao
This dessert is another one that originates from the Andean area of the country. But this one has deep roots; you can trace it all the way back to when the Spanish conquistadors were in Colombia.
If you like to try weird things for desserts, then don’t pass up cuajada con melao. This dessert combines curd with sugar cane syrup. Although it may sound like a strange marriage at first, the saltiness and sweetness balance each other perfectly. Don’t knock it until you try it!
You should be familiar with this dessert already; it’s the Colombian version of meringue. Even the name sounds similar!
Colombians usually pair their meringues with fresh fruit, which makes this a sweet but low-calorie dessert. However, they often fill it with whipped creams and multiple layers of meringue, so you still have to watch how much you eat!
If you like macaroons then you’ll love cocadas. Cocadas are a traditional dessert in Colombia, an excellent way to finish off your meal after enjoying a dish of ajiaco or Bandeja Paisa. You’ll typically find them sold on the streets and beaches all around the country. They are quite simple to make and there are different variations. However, all versions of Cocadas use the same main ingredient, shredded coconut.
Try These Colombian Desserts
These Colombian desserts all sound delicious, right? Well, if you’re lucky enough to be located near a Colombian bakery, you’ll probably get the chance to try them all. So don’t worry about making decisions and feel free to pig out to your heart’s content! And whatever you do, don’t forget to pair up these desserts with your favorite Colombian coffee.
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