10 Healthy American Desserts You Should Know

Every Latin American Nation has a distinct culinary tradition, These countries love desserts: this is, after all, where cane sugar comes from. Brazil is the world's leading producer of the stuff, and Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Peru have a long history of growing sugar cane along with the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines.

Each region's unique specialities reflect the area's history. Brazil's native fruit and coconut-laden sweets pop up in preparations influenced by Portuguese and African traditions. In Uruguay and Argentina, inspiration comes by way of Italy, and you can see gelato in each and every corner. Peru's desserts echo traditions from all over the map: the Incan legacy, Spanish colonists, and recently by Chinese and Japanese immigration.

Here are a some all time favourite sweets to add to your must-eat list.
  • Chocotorta

    It’s one of those simple desserts that ends up craveable, offering the perfect ratio of cookie to ice cream filling and coffee flavor. The chocolate wafer cookies are dipped in coffee to soften and placed in a baking dish.

  • Brigadeiro

    This is a great Brazilian sweet that is like a bonbon and extremely scrumptious and delicious. You can make it in the microwave too, just remember to stir every minute.

  • Pastelitos

    This is a delicious dessert having flaky puff pastry filled with sweet potato paste and formed into a flower/ pin wheel shape, then deep-fried in sunflower oil until golden brown. It’s finished off with sugary glaze, and topped with festive sprinkles.

  • Picarones

    Picarones are prepared by mixing camote with macre to form a silky puree combined with flour, sugar, yeast, and anise, formed into a round doughnut shape and deep-fried. These light and airy sweets are then drizzled in chancaca and served immediately.

  • Quesillo

    Jiggly egg and condensed milk friend is called Quesillo pronounced “ke see yo,”. This delicious creamy mouth-watering dessert topped with a thin caramel syrup for a touch more caramel flavor.

  • Helado

    Helado is made with all fresh ingredients. For a first-timer, an order of caramel and chocolate is the way to go. But on your second helado of the day, try sambayon and berries.

  • Torta de Mil Hojas

    This dessert is popular throughout South America. Manjar is spread on wafer-thin puff pastry dough and then the entire concoction is covered like frosting for the ultimate manjar overload with crunch, flaky pastry bits in each bite.

  • Alfajores

    These cookies are sold both fresh in bakeries and packaged at shops, but they generally consist of dulce de leche sandwiched between two soft, thick cookies, then either rolled in coconut shavings or covered in chocolate.

  • Tres Leches Cake

    Tres Leches are sponge cakes drenched in a mixture of cream, evaporated milk, and then iced with meringue or whipped cream and fresh fruit. You may add some extra ingredients such as coconut, chocolate, rum, or dulce de leche.

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    Tres Leches Cake
  • Passion Fruit Mousse

    You will find many kinds of fruit mousses in South American bakeries. They are even more popular than chocolate mousse. Serve this delicious mousse with fresh fruit, or use as a filling for a cake.

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