5 Mexican Desserts You’re Probably Missing Out On

Get yourself to a traditional Mexican grocery store now. Here are our drool-worthy picks for best Mexican desserts.

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When it comes to Mexican desserts there are so many to choose from! So we’ve put together a list of our favourite five to share with ya’ll:

1. Flan
Flan is a common and popular dessert in Mexico. It’s basically caramel custard. The dessert includes rich custard with a layer of soft caramel on top. The dish is known as flan in most of the world, even though it is a French word. Flan is simple to make and usually consists of vanilla flavored custard. You may be able to find them made in other flavors such as coconut, lemon, and other fruits.

2. Empanadas
Empanadas are another dessert found in Mexico. It is a stuffed pastry that contains different sweetened fillings, depending on the region. Some of the common fillings are cream, pumpkin, and various fruits. In some states in Mexico, the empanadas are filled with different meats. Empanadas can be served as a dessert or a breakfast food.

3. Chocolate
Chocolate has a rich history in Mexico. The Aztecs adopted the use of chocolate from earlier Mayan culture. Chocolate played an important role for the Aztecs. They used it both as a food and as currency. Which is actually a tradition we should bring back. Amiright? One of the items that the Spaniards acquired from the Aztecs was chocolate. The Spaniards took the chocolate back to Spain where it became the King’s official drink. The Aztecs made a variety of drinks with chocolate which also included nuts, seeds, and honey. Champurrado is a chocolate drink that is very popular at breakfast time in Mexico. It is warm and thick. You can find people in the morning buying a cup from street vendors. It is also considered a dessert which can be served with Churros.

4. Sapotes Dulces
A dessert found in the Yucatan is called sapotes dulces. Sapotes are a fruit grown in Mexico. Sapotes have an orange flesh that has a unique flavor that is both juicy and creamy. The flavor is sort of a mixture between coconut and vanilla. Sapotes dulces is a dessert where the fruit is mixed with orange juice, rum, and sugar and then served chilled. It is easy to make and has a great flavor.

5. Cajeta
Cajeta is syrup made in Mexico that’s main ingredient is caramelized milk. The process of making the syrup consists of slowly cooking down the sweetened liquid until it is thick. Cajeta is eaten by itself, on pastries, and even as a topping on ice cream. The Hershey Company introduced their own cajeta targeted for Mexican food lovers that live in the United States. This is how we feel about that:

This List is IN NO WAY Comprehensive
There are at least 17,000 Mexican desserts out there just waiting to grab your sweet tooth (number not actually scientifically backed). These are just our favourites.