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!
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:
Sounds good, uh?
The strawberry flavor brigadeiro is also very famous too, and Brazilians call it “Bicho de pé”, which literally means “foot bug”.
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.
You can also choose to have happiness in a jar:
Shop Brigadeiro here!
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!
Picture credit: Instagram @sweetchurrosnyc
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).
Shop La Newyorkina here.
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!
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…