Updated on May 13, 2020, originally published on November 20, 2019.
Sure, it’s summertime but there’s nothing wrong with tapping into the holiday season for some good o’l comfort food. Especially these days. Latinos don’t settle for just one dessert option, we have plenty to choose from and you best believe a few tías will bring different ones. From pastel de tres leches to churros and all the drinks that go with them, there are some wonderful treats in store. Yes, more often than not, a good cafecito will pair up perfectly with your postre, but how about a Mexican ponche? Or a Guatemalan Atol? We rounded up our fave cold-weather desserts for the summer that every Latino should whip up for quarantine!
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These soft, delicate and buttery cookies are held together by the addicting caramel sauce, an elixir of the gods; dulce de leche. This option goes perfectly with a good old cafecito and chisme. That sobremesa is sure to get lit with all that sugar pumping up the tías and abuelitas.
2. Arroz con leche
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A foolproof winter classic. Arroz con leche is the ultimate Latino comfort dessert any time of year tbh. Try it calientito with a good amount of cinnamon and raisins. Provecho!
3. Buñuelos —Colombianos and Mexicanos
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The Colombian iteration isn’t quite a sweet treat as it’s filled with cheese, but the addition of brown sugar, butter and tapioca make it a dessert in our book. As for the Mexican version, they’re usually made during the winter holidays. Mexican Buñuelos are made of fried dough, covered in cinnamon sugar and if you’re not about fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar, idk what to tell you, there’s something wrong going on.
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Also known in Mexico as ‘Impossible Cake’, this delicious mass of goodness combines two great things into one god-sent hybrid. If you love flan, but would also like to have a slice of chocolate cake, Latina moms everywhere say; “¿Por qué no los dos?” The rich dense chocolate, topped with creamy vanilla flan, drizzled with a thick layer of cajeta is, quite literally, what dessert dreams are made of.
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There’s something so satisfying when biting into a warm, doughy, crunchy and sugary churro. You can find these delicious treats all over Latin America, and they’re particularly yummy when paired with a cup of hot chocolate! Extra points if you stuff them with cajeta or chocolate.
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Almost every Latin American household will have its own version of flan. From Puerto Rico to Costa Rica and everywhere in between, Latinos love flan. The creamy vanilla-flavored concoction is basically irresistible.
7. Natilla Colombiana
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This Colombian custard dessert is very traditional during Christmas, but we like to think that it’s also good at any time of the year. Natilla is a rich, custard-like dessert traditionally served alongside the deep-fried cheese buñuelos we told you about earlier. You’ll definitely have to forget about la dieta if you want to have this option.
8. Suspiro de Limeña
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Its name literally translates to “Sigh of the lady from Lima.” This Peruvian dessert is definitely sigh-inducing. The creamy, caramel-like custard, topped with a Port flavored meringue is an extra sweet treat for this cold season. The dessert originated in the city of Lima, and it is said that it gained its name after a poet said it tasted soft and sweet, like the sigh of a woman.
9. Pastel de Tres leches
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This quintessentially Latino cake is made with three types of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk. This is definitely not for the lactose intolerant. The cake soaks up all these liquids, making it a super decadent treat. If you’ve never had this traditional Latino dessert, prepared to be delighted, and have the coffee pot a-ready.
10. Ponche Navideño
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Traditional Mexican fruit punch is a hot, delicious concoction. Made with more than ten fruits including apple, tamarind, jamaica, tejocotes, raisins. This punch is spiced with cinnamon, clove, and piloncillo. It’s basically Christmas in a cup.
11. Camotes en dulce
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Mexican candied sweet potatoes are a must. Día de los Muertos, on Nov. 1, marks the beginning of Camote season. ‘Camotes Enmielados’ is made of sweet potatoes, simmered in a cinnamon and piloncillo syrup. This dish makes for the perfect fall treat.
12. Guatemalan Atol
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Made of ground corn, the flavors of this drink range from cinnamon to black beans to chocolate to cajeta. Guatemalan Atol, or Atole in Mexico, is a drink made differently in many countries of Latin America, but there’s one thing that remains the same everywhere, and that is that it’s a fall-winter staple you can’t miss out on.
Birthdays are an exciting time no matter how old you might be. You can do and have anything you want, within reason of course. That means you can even choose to be completely alone. Or, like one smart young man, you can decide to have a birthday party dedicated to your favorite artist.
Twitter user @Mr_Octopus7 celebrated his 22nd birthday in style.
The young man turned 22 years old with the help of his family and Bad Bunny. The man, who geotagged Vega Baja Beach, Puerto Rico in his post, is likely giving a fellow Puerto Rican the love and respect he rightfully deserves. The special birthday tribute is more fitting considering the work he has done to fight for the people of Puerto Rico.
Of course, there was a big and wonderful Bad Bunny cake for the special occasion.
We have so many questions about this cake. What was the flavor? What color was it inside? Was it inspired by anything Bad Bunny has done? We need answers. The cake is the most important part of any birthday party and this one was surrounded by Bad Bunny photos. Clearly, this man’s family knows how to throw the perfect quarantine birthday party.
Don’t worry. Entertainment of epic proportions was provided.
Technology is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. Not only are we able to know about this man’s special Bad Bunny birthday party, but he was able to get all of the entertainment in one place. The laptop speaker was bumping with Bad Bunny jams while the family enjoyed the special birthday celebration.
There looks like there was a costume requirement that, luckily, everyone honored.
His mom was wearing some yellow glasses and his brother had to join in on the fun. Those glasses, while not unique, have become part of Bad Bunny’s signature style. The small glass lens is something we have seen the Puerto Rican trap star wear time and time again in different colors. Honestly, every man you know secretly wants a pair of these glasses so if you want to cheer anyone up, you know what to do.
The brothers matching in their Bad Bunny-themed outfit is just too adorable.
This is something your parents will never let you outgrow. No matter how old you and your siblings are, mom will always make you match on special days. It seems like this cuarentena birthday party is no different. It just makes the whole birthday celebration seem more relatable because we have all been wearing the exact same outfit as our younger siblings many times.
People on social media felt the authenticity of the Vega Baja Beach experience.
@Mr_Octopus7 was not shy about admitting how much he loves where he lives. The beach town is 40 minutes east of San Juan on the northern shore of the island. Around 60,000 people call the northern beach city home and one man is really head over heels for it.
“I love this town and its people so much,” @Mr_Octopus7 tweeted. “Truly a blessing.”
And, back to the cake, we aren’t sure of the flavor, but the birthday boy did say it was good. At lease the bunny face was.
“It was good,” @Mr_Octopus7 tweeted. “I ate the little bunny.”
Happy birthday, @Mr_Octopus7! How are you all celebrating your quarantine birthdays? We want to see them. Tag us in all of your quarantine birthday celebrations so we can see how you all are making the best out of our current situation.