Mexico is one of those countries with an enviable gastronomy, which we could place among the best in the world. Most of the traditional Mexican dishes that we know of are spicy, mostly. After all, Mexicans are true lovers of spicy. However, something that many people ignore is that within the gastronomy of this American country, there is also a place of honor reserved for sweets. There are all kinds of them, the variety of flavors and textures is almost endless, and, the truth is, they are delicious. Today in the Spanish Club we want you to learn about the most popular and well-known sweets in Mexico.
Colación, a typical Mexican Christmas treat
One of the most widespread Christmas traditions in Mexico is the piñata. The piñata game consists of children, with their eyes closed and a bat or stick in their hands, having to break the piñata. Once the piñata is broken, a large amount of sweets and fruit fall to the ground, where the children quickly dive in to try to catch as many prizes and gifts as possible.
Well, the most precious treasure in the piñata is the snack. What is the snack? Even if the name doesn’t ring a bell, the image of it will surely come to mind. It is a sugar sweet without a definite shape, although it is usually round or curved, available in every imaginable range of colours. We can say, simplistically, that they are a kind of sweet sugar »balls».
Gorditas de nata, another Mexican Christmas dessert
Gorditas are a very typical dish within the extensive Mexican food. They are a dish made from wheat or corn flour. Gorditas de nata are made with wheat flour, cream, sugar and cinnamon, and achieve a strong and very characteristic smell and taste, especially when heated in a typical Mexican pan called a comal.
Jericallas, another typical Christmas dessert from Mexico
It is said to have been born in the city of Guadalajara in the 19th century. Jericallas are prepared with milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar and a bain-marie. They are truly delicious and their distinctive taste evokes in many Mexican palates the true flavour and spirit of Christmas. Indispensable if you visit the United States this Christmas.
Cornbread, one of the most representative sweets in Mexico of the Christmas season
As we all know, corn is the most typical cereal in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. Cornbread is made from corn kernels, thus forming the characteristic yellow colour of the dough of this traditional Mexican sweet. Its flavour is totally natural and intense.