Chile has some of the sweetest desserts in Latin America. Some say that Chileans don’t believe in diabetes or there is no such thing as “too much sugar”. Here is a list of the tasty treats you MUST try if you’re visiting Chile
Number 1: Manjar (or anything with Manjar in it)
Most Latin American countries will call these creamy golden-brown spread Dulce de Leche. Here in Chile, its called Manjar and its pronounced Mawn-har.
Why? No one really knows but the consistency is thicker, darker and richer than it’s Argentine neighbor better known as dulce de leche. Dulce de leche is delicious straight out of the can (spoon optional), but you can also serve it over ice cream, fill it in your cakes, stuff your cookies, the list goes on and on. You’ll notice that almost everything has manjar in it.
Number 2: Pie de Limon
You can find this lemon tart or lemon meringue pie just about anywhere in the world. However, here its a favorite among Chileans. You can find individual pies, big pies, pies dipped in Chocolate. Try them all. They are delicious.
Number 3: Alfajor
Here we see Manjar again. And this time it’s between two yummy shortbread cookies. Sometimes you’ll find them covered in Powdered Sugar, with coconut flakes, or just plain. Try all three ways.
Don’t calories count while you’re on vacation right?
Number 4: Chirimoya Alegre
This delicious combination of orange slices and chirimoya topped with a sweet orange liqueur sauce is one that Chilean loves. The Chirimoya Fruit is native to the Andes and is grown throughout Central and South America. The fruit is soft and sweet with a sherbet-like texture, which gives the chirimoya its secondary name, “custard apple.” The fruit has a creamy taste that resembles a strawberry, banana, and pineapple flavor combination.
It’s fresh and makes people “Alegre”, or in other words “happy”.
Number 5: Brazo de Reina
The alfajor had the manjar between two shortbread cookies, this baby has manjar hugging a cake. It can’t be any cake, it needs to be light and fluffy like an angel foods cake so it just melts in your mouth. You can’t forget about the powdered sugar on top.
Number 6: Mote con Huesillo
Mote con huesillo is a traditional Chilean summer-time non-alcoholic drink made from wheat and peaches and often sold in street stands or vendor carts. You can find it in almost any corner downtown and it’s definitely worth a try.
Make sure it’s ice cold, that’s when it will be most refreshing.
Number 7: Leche Asada
Now, we know what you might be thinking… This is Flan, right?
Yes, it’s pretty similar but the cooking process makes it different which will give you a different texture but equally delicious. If you must know, Leche Asada is baked directly in the oven when Flan is baked in a water bath in the oven. This is an easy and cheap recipe to make and definitely worth a try.
Number 8: Torta Mil Hojas
If you’re only going to try one thing on this list, this is the one you must try. Torta Mil Hojas, or “thousand layers” cake is a cake that deserves a standing ovation. There are so many varieties of this cake that it really should have its own article. Basically, you’re looking at layers of manjar, with some kind of tart jelly-like orange, raspberry, or rhubarb. You’ll even find some that have chocolate, marzipan, and/or nuts. Sometimes the dough is crunchy or there are some with a crepe-like layer. Try all the varieties, you might never get bored with this cake.
Number 9: Cuchufli
This is a great snack to eat on the go or while hanging out at the park or the beach. These little tubular-shaped desserts are made from sugar, egg whites, flour, butter, and vanilla that are often filled with dulce de leche or other sweet fillings. You can also find them covered in Chocolate. If you’re ever invited to a kids birthday party, you’ll find a cuchufli cake, which is a bunch of these things tied together so the kids can pull them apart.
Number 10: Calzones Rotos
If your visiting Chile during the winter months, you’re definitely going to want this classic winter treat. It’s translated into broken underwear. Why? The stories goes that there was a lady who sold these treats in the Plaza de Armas and one day the wind lifted her skirt and everyone saw her “broken underwear” and the name stuck. No matter what they are called, these deep-fried treats are topped off with powdered sugar and must be eaten warm.
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