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Latin American Desserts

My name is Michaella, I'm part of the incredible marketing team of Sweetist.

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Before getting here, I was was living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I was born and raised. If all that comes to your mind is Carnival and Soccer, actually there’s so much more there to know and try, specially some delicious desserts. And not just Brazil’s, Latin American sweets are famous all over the world.

Whenever I get a little homesick, I find it so easy to have something that tastes like home. All my favorite cravings are here in NYC!

Brigadeiro:

Probably the most important thing on a brazilian birthday table, besides the cake. My mom used to spent the day making them before my birthday parties (thanks, mom!).

The traditional brigadeiro is a soft chocolate ball with chocolate sprinkles, made of condensed milk. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s something like this:

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Sounds good, uh?

The strawberry flavor brigadeiro is also very famous too, and Brazilians call it “Bicho de pé”, which literally means “foot bug”.

Hm...Yum!

Brigadeiro Bakery, a NYC based shop, makes traditional chocolate brigadeiros wrapped in beautiful boxes. There’s also some different gourmet flavors, like coconut, Almond and Honey and Pistachio.

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You can also choose to have happiness in a jar:

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Shop Brigadeiro here!

Churros:

Churros, originally from Spain but also common in the Latin America countries, are made of delicious fried dough sprinkled with sugar. You find them in different sizes, straight or curled and filled or dipped with nutella and dulce de leche.

In NYC, the best churros are at Sweet Churros, where they are handcrafted and freshly fried. Muy Sabrosos!

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Picture credit: Instagram @sweetchurrosnyc

Paletas:

From creamy to fruity, the paletas are a super refreshing Mexican dessert. We have said before that you can’t go wrong with La Newyorkina ’s paletas.

They are all made of natural ingredients and their names sound as delicious as they really taste: Cajeta-Canela (Mexican cinnamon filled with goats milk caramel), Fresa fields (Maria cookie with strawberries), Mango filled with Chamoy, Red Hook (Coffee from Chiapas with chocolate chip cookie dough).

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Shop La Newyorkina here.

Alfajor:

This South American traditional sweet is made of two round cookies with sweet fillings between them like dulce de leche.

Limanjar, a bakery that comes from Lima, Peru, does beautiful alfajores filled with manjarblanco, a caramel-like-filling, that is simply out of this world!

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Shop Limanjar here

Leaving my country has never been so easy! By the way, all this writing made me miss home...I might be going to grab some of these sweets right now…

Tchau!

La Newyorkina: Best Paletas in NYC

This month’s Dessert Spotlight features a new addition to Sweetist: La Newyorkina, the Mexican paleteria/ice creamery/all things Mexican dessert shop run by Fany Gerson, also head of the Dough donut empire. While La Newyorkina’s carts and its refreshing paletas have been a feature of New York City summers since 2010, its first brick-and-mortar location in West Village has only been open a few months.

The shop features an expanded menu, including not only its famed paletas, but also other frozen desserts, like handmade nieves de garrafa or helados, and other Mexican confections. And with a portion of their profits going to Crea, an organization based in Mexico that helps women from low-income households create and run small businesses, La Newyorkina is truly redefining the term “guilt-free dessert.”

Head over to La Newyorkina to try some of these frozen treats, or learn how to make your own with Fany’s upcoming book, Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories (preorder here).

Our Picks:

Nieves de Garrafa

 Nieves de Garrafa is a hand-paddled water-based sorbet that Gerson describes as “custard in its purest form” is handmade in store daily. Flavors rotate everyday, but our favorites are the mango (pictured below) and the queso fresco, a soft Mexican cheese.

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La Newyorkina / @lycynthialy

Horchata Ice Cream

With flavors ranging from pumpkin seed brittle to corn, horchata might not be the most creative flavor on the menu, but does that really matter when it’s this good? La Newyorkina’s horchata is creamy, but not overly so, with bits of cinnamon and sugar providing some much needed grit (pictured below with scoops of the coco-choco, a fresh coconut cream with dark chocolate bits, and the Oaxacan chocolate).

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

Available for delivery in hand-packed pints here.

Paletas (duh)

While you can’t go wrong with any of La Newyorkina’s paletas, from either fruity or creamy, or even a blend of both, our favorites are the canela and cajeta, a Mexican cinnamon ice encasing an oozing cajeta, or goat caramel, filling and the equally gooey fresa con crema (are you sensing a theme yet?), a strawberry paleta with a condensed milk center (both pictured below).

canela and cajeta

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

fresas con crema

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

Available for delivery in packs of 12 in fruity, creamy, fruity & creamy, and classic flavored selections here.

Learn more about La Newyorkina out here!

NYC's Best Valentine's Desserts

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, whether it's the day to celebrate love or a single awareness day to you, delicious desserts are suitable in either of those situations! So let Sweetist help you make the day as sweet as can be with these wonderful desserts from our site!

Declare your love with this "Be Mine" cake from Sugar Sketch Cake Shop. Order Here

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Nothing says I love you quite like making a decadent chocolate cake together. Try this deliciously fun DIY kit from Red Velvet NYC. Order Here

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What could be a better way to tell your friends that you love them than these intense dark chocolate caneles from Canele by Celine. Order Here

The best 4 letters word! Order Here

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And, of course, how could we leave out Valentine's Cupcakes from Billy's Bakery! Order Here

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For those of you who would rather stay in and forget about the world for 24 hours. We highly recommend a pint of this decadent ice-cream made from coconut and 62% Valrhona chocolate from La Newyorkina. Order Here

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or a 4-pint pack of spiked ice-cream from Tipsy Scoop - how good does dark chocolate whiskey salted caramel sound? Order Here

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