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9 Desserts Anyone Who Is Puerto Rican Will Recognize From Their Childhood

We know the scene well: walking into abuela’s house and seeing your favorite snack, all ready for you. Suddenly we’re all like…


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YES, YES, YES. GIMME ALL THE SWEETS AND COOKIES.

If you grew up in a Puerto Rican household, these 9 desserts will bring back the memories! Try and get through this entire post without drooling.


1. Florecitas

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These devilish little iced cookies are the MOST ADDICTIVE THINGS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD. They’re easily purchased online or in certain grocery stores, and boy oh boy is it impossible to just eat one.


2. Flan

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Alright, this one’s a little obvious, but we’d be lying if we didn’t point out that this was always in the fridge at all times. This coconut custard cake is a staple in any Latino home, and Puerto Ricans really love it. 

3. Brazo Gitano

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Ahhhh yes, the perfect Sunday-after-church snack. After sitting through a ridiculously long mass, there’s nothing we wanted more than this delicious sweet roll. If you were a kid in a Puerto Rican household, your parents and grandparents likely enjoyed this with a delicious cup of coffee.

4. Mantecaditos

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Just looking at these cute little sprinkle-topped shortbread cookies will take you RIGHT BACK TO CHRISTMAS. They were always our go-to holiday cookie and always around growing up.


5. Tembleque

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This coconut dessert pudding has destroyed many a diet, but was always worth every bite. Cinnamon?! Coconut?! Are you describing heaven? Because it certainly sounds like it. This was a go-to for birthdays and, really, any random celebration.

6. Besitos de Coco

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Are you sensing a recurring theme? Coconut. Puerto Ricans love coconut y’all, and we aren’t afraid to admit it. These little cookies were always a favorite after-school treat. Whether homemade or store bought, #they #can #get #it.


7. Serenata Milk Chocolate Wafer

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Little chocolate wafers? Check! These would never last very long, but it didn’t matter when they were so good. Serenatas were always the best reward for making your bed. #BriberyWorks


8. Meringues

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YAS YAS YAS. Meringues are basically little clouds in your mouth. Truly! It’s like if clouds were in dessert form. You could buy them in bulk and have cloud cookies on demand. PRAISE.


9. Bocaditos Cookies

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And finally, rounding out the list of classic Puerto Rican desserts that we all remember from growing up: Bocaditos cookies. Marshmallow + cookies? YES. So. Into. These.

Be right back, going to lay in a puddle of my drool after going through this list. GET THEE TO A GROCERY STORE, STAT.


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What are some desserts you loved growing up? mitú wants to know!

Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

READ: Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram

Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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One Ohio couple recently received an order for a pizza that’ll leave a pretty rancid taste in your mouth.

After running errands with his wife Misty Laska this past Saturday night, Jason Laska said they picked up a pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars. Eager to eat they cracked open the pizza once they got home, receiving a shocking surprise that likely ruined their appetite.

Misty noticed a backward laid swastika made out of pepperoni slices on the pie.

After getting in touch with Little Caesars, the couple was told it was meant to be a funny and private joke.

According to The New York Times, when Misty Laska first opened the takeaway pizza she noticed that it was not sliced. Then, she and her husband realized that the pepperoni pieces had been prepared in the shape of a swastika.

Misty told Reuters that when they first realized what they saw they were “just silent.” Furious, they returned to the store to return the pizza, the shop was closed. The next day, the pizza chain, which is the third-largest in the country called, to apologize.

“We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated,” Little Caesars told The New York Times. “This conduct is completely against our values.”

“That’s why it was not cut or anything like that,” Jason Laska said. “They made it as a joke and it was never intended to go out to a customer.”

However, even if the joke was meant to be a private one it is gross and unacceptable.

“Even in a joking manner, it’s absolutely unacceptable,” Jason Laska added.

Jill Proctor, a spokesperson for Little Caesars confirmed the incident and said that the employees involved were fired in a statement to CNN. “We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated. We’re deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values,” Proctor continued. “We have also reached out to the customer to discuss this personally with him.”

In response to the firing of the employees, Misty has said she hopes they are learning an important lesson.”These are the kinds of things that are continuing to fuel the hate and the confusion that exists in the country and in the world,” her husband said after sharing that they both hope

The Laskas hoped that by sharing their experience others will educate themselves about Nazism and the symbols used to perpetuate it.