Ready to grab a spoon or fork and sample some of the best Caribbean desserts? If you are traveling to the tropics and have a love for decadent sweets, it will be all too easy to satisfy your cravings. The Caribbean offers refreshing tropical infusions and exotic flavors that cannot be matched. From mouthwatering pineapple and coconut creams to tasty mango jams and Jamaican rum-soaked cakes, your taste buds are in for a huge awakening!
Tres Leches Con Coco in Puerto Rico
Translated as “three milks with coconut,” tres leches con coco is one of the most devilish desserts in the Caribbean. It is moist, dense and soaked in three different kinds of sweet milk. To give you a better idea, the recipe includes sweet condensed milk, coconut milk, heavy cream, vanilla extract and sugar. Dazzle your taste buds with each bite of this sweet, traditional dessert.
Bahamian Rum Cake
If you are a rum lover looking to explore beyond the typical piña colada or mojito, a Bahamian rum cake can cure your craving. Rum cakes are extremely popular in the Caribbean, as this area has always been home to major rum producers. This dessert, which is typically infused with Bacardi, can include flavors such as vanilla, nutmeg, coconut and pineapple. When it comes to this cake, many people say, “the boozier, the better!”
Dominican Republic’s Arroz Con Leche
Arroz con leche translates to “rice with milk,” and while the description may not sound that delicious, the dessert certainly is. Typical ingredients for this Dominican version are long-grain rice, evaporated milk, raisins, cinnamon sticks, sugar, cloves and ground nutmeg. The dish is cooked in a saucepan and stirred constantly before being served in a bowl. The Dominican Republic’s version of this sugary-sweet, creamy dessert is to die for!
Budín de Pan, Puerto Rican-Style
This famous bread pudding is popular across all the Caribbean islands, but Puerto Rico’s version takes the cake when it comes to taste, decadence and flavor. It is commonly served as a family dessert during the holidays and starts off with tea. It is common to prepare the tea using anise, vanilla, water, cinnamon and cloves and boiling the water until it grows dark. The cloves, cinnamon sticks and anise are then removed. Then, day-old bread is prepared with various other exotic ingredients and everything is mixed together and put into a mold before baking. By the time this fragrant dessert is finished, it is covered in sticky caramel and ready to win and warm the hearts — and tummies — of all who taste it!
You don’t have to miss out on the best Caribbean desserts — each region has its own traditional delicacy. Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic all have desserts that will blow your mind and delight your taste buds. Don’t miss out on these heavenly desserts the next time you are exploring paradise.
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