Dulces and postres can be found on every corner in Argentina. Their love and adoration for sugar is not a secret. Everywhere you go you see ice-cream shops and cute bakeries. Every single meal is the reason to have something sweet at the end of it.
Dulce de leche
You cannot miss it and not to try to. Such tradition is a must! In every dessert or a sweet you can find dulce de leche and it means sweet milk. Dulce de leche is made of sweetened milk, which is heating until it becomes texture of soft caramel and looks and feels like a paste. Argentinians eat it during breakfast as a spread on bread. Of course, you can buy it in the supermarket, but it is recommended to try artisanal one, it makes a huge difference in taste. It won’t have any artificial sweeteners and you will be able to feel real taste.
Locals love making dessert from it called chocotorta. It is a cake made of chocolate cookies which are soaked in coffee and between them there are layers of cream cheese and dulce de leche and it doesn’t even have to be baked!
These types of cookies are the most prevalent dessert in the country. Alfajores are made from 2 very sweet cornstarch round biscuits which are joined by dulce de leche. Mostly these cookies will be coated with white or dark chocolate but can be just covered with coconut or powdered sugar. They can be eaten anytime and everywhere. People like to have them instead of lunch too. Best companion for them is mate, which is traditional drink of Argentina. Places that sell these cookies are bakeries called panaderias; you can also get packets in cafes or stores like Havana which are coffee shops. Don’t be fooled by how rich and sweet they are; sugar is not overwhelming, that’s why it is so hard to resist the habit of consuming them daily.
As we told you previously, every single dessert has dulce de leche in them, this cake is not an exception. It has 3-4 layers of quite light pastry and separated by the sweet milk goodness which is topped with meringue. Because layers are thin, it makes a cake soft. Meringue is gooey and it takes you to another level of sweetness. For someone who is not a sweet tooth it can be too much, but if you like it that is the perfect combination. Rogel Cake is not easy to find, recipes are passed through generations and mostly it is made and eaten at home and presented for special occasions.
Dulce de batata
There cannot be anything more traditional than a dessert made from sweet potatoes. It has jelly texture and resembles marmalade. You must eat it with cheese. If it is sold in supermarket, you will notice that chocolate is added on top. But homemade and traditional one is just plain, usually made as a round-shaped dessert.