There is nothing like finding the perfect dessert. When the taste and texture of the dessert perfectly align with what you are looking for, it is pure bliss.
Trying to recreate that feeling of trying a dessert for the first time can be difficult. That is why we are always on the lookout for amazing desserts from different countries.
This time we are focusing on Colombian desserts.
A lot of us might know Colombia is famous for its coffee. Some of us drink it on a daily basis.
However, there is so much more to Colombian cuisine than just producing – albeit – amazing coffee.
Since we wanted to explore this country’s food, we thought we would start with our favorite foods. Desserts.
Colombian desserts are sweet, easy to make, and very fresh. They are so fresh that in Colombia you can find many of these desserts at the local street vendor.
So if you are in the mood to try something new, sweet, and something that will remind you of being on vacation, then we have got you covered.
We have put together a list of 16 Colombian desserts that you have to try. We have also answered some of your questions relating to Colombian desserts.
Postre de Natas
Postre de Natas is one of the most popular desserts in Colombia. This dessert originates from the Andean region of Colombia, but you can see families from all over, eating this dessert. So what is it?
Well, Postre de Natas is also known as milk pudding. It is a sweet custard dessert that is rich and creamy.
To make this dessert you have to boil milk until it turns into cream and then this cream is mixed with syrup and eggs.
Some people also put raisins in this dish. You would usually serve this dish cold as it is a cold custard-like dessert. It is a great dessert to enjoy on a hot summer’s day after a barbeque.
Salpicón De Frutas
This might not quite be like the desserts you are familiar with, since it is a drink. However, this drink is classed as a dessert.
The only way to describe this dessert is as a sweetened fruit cocktail or punch. This is definitely the dessert for those who like to eat fruit.
Essentially, this dessert is a bunch of chopped-up fruit in a glass, that is mixed with Colombian soda, condensed milk and is topped with vanilla ice cream.
Some people like to skip out on the ice cream and have this dessert for breakfast. It is really refreshing. This is the dessert for those of you who want to feel like you are on vacation.
We are sticking with the drinks for dessert theme, but this time we are adding in some alcohol. Refajo is a Colombian dessert drink. The base of this drink is a light beer mixed with Colombian soda.
Colombian soda tends to be a fruity drink so this mixed with a light beer is the perfect thing to have after a meal in the summer.
If you want to mix up your cool summer’s beer, then you need to try this drink.
Tres Leches Cake
You may have heard of Tres Leches cake before. It is also known as the Three Milks cake.
Not only is it a really popular dessert in Colombia, but it is also popular in a lot of other Central and South American countries. The cake is known as the Tres Leches cake as it has three types of milk in it.
The cake consists of condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream. As a result, this cake is extremely moist.
The frosting of the cake varies from country to country, but Colombia’s traditional frosting is cream of tartar. This cake is perfect for those looking for a sweet and creamy dessert.
Cocadas Blancas is a sweet coconut dessert. The main ingredient of this dessert is coconut. The only way to describe this dessert is as a sweet, sticky shredded coconut patty.
Making Cocadas Blancas is really easy as you just throw everything into the same pot. The best thing about this sweet treat is that in an airtight container they stay edible for up to two weeks.
You can usually find Cocados being sold on the streets or near beaches.
If you want to try another Colombian cake, then Enyucado is the cake for you. Enyucado originated from the Atlantic coast of Colombia.
The wonderfully surprising aspect of this cake is that it has cheese in it. Yes, cheese. It is very common to find Colombian desserts or sweet treats that have cheese in them.
Colombian hot chocolate is one example of this. Anyway, going back to Enyucado, the main ingredients are shredded yuca, anise, cheese, and coconut.
You might be wondering what yuca is, well it is the root of the Cassava plant and is native to South America.
This cake has a fantastic texture, with a little crunch, and is deliciously sweet.
Natilla is a dessert that is very popular in South and Central American countries. So what makes Natilla Colombiana different from the rest?
Well, this dessert is usually served around Christmas time. In fact, it is a Colombian tradition to have this dessert at Christmas. Natilla is a custard dessert that is made from cornstarch and milk.
Some like to add coconut or cinnamon to this dessert. This dessert is usually served with fried cheesy and cornflour dough balls.
We said that cheese and dessert are common in Colombia.
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Brevas Con Arequipe
Brevas con Arequipe, also known as Colombian figs stuffed with Dulce de Leche, is an intensely sweet dessert. It is also a dessert that is simple to make. You can find the main ingredients from the grocery store.
All you need is Brevas or figs in syrup and then you can either buy or make your own Dulce de Leche. This dessert is usually served with some fresh cheese to battle that sweetness.
If you are someone who is looking for something adventurous to try, then have some cheese with this dessert.
We couldn’t have this list without including any cookies. That is exactly what Polvorosas is, a Colombian butter, and sugar cookie. Polvorosas are very similar to what we call shortbread cookies.
They are buttery and so crumbly. The only way shortbread cookies should be. What is different about Polvorosas compared to shortbread, is that Polvorosas do not get rolled out or cut with a cookie cutter.
Instead, you simply spoon the dough on a tray. These cookies pair perfectly with a glass of cold milk.
Roscon is technically a type of bread, but it is a sweet one. So it counts as dessert. You could walk into most bakeries in Colombia and this bread would be available.
The bread is circular with a hole in the middle, sort of like a big doughnut. Oftentimes, you will find this bread to be stuffed. Some fillings include Dulce de Leche or guava paste.
This sweet bread is a favorite amongst many. It is best served with some milk or coffee.
Torta Negra is also known as Colombian black cake. For many in Colombia, it is a tradition to have this dessert at birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations.
The recipe of this cake varies from family to family in Colombia as they all put their own spin on it. The common ingredients of this cake in most recipes are burnt sugar, sweet red wine, and some sort of dried fruit.
If you are trying to imagine what it is similar to, the closest cake would be a standard fruit cake.
Obleas are often considered an afternoon snack for Colombians. Obleas is a thin wafer in the shape of a circle. It is very similar to ice cream cones.
When you are serving this you would have two Obleas on top of each other like a sandwich. In the middle of the Obleas is a filling.
This filling is often Arequipe, which is a caramel sauce. It is a delectable, sweet, and crunchy dessert.
Cuajada Con Melao
Cuajada con Melao is a dessert that involves curdled milk and syrup. This is definitely a dessert for those of you who are feeling adventurous to try.
The curdled milk is topped with a sweet syrup. This sweet syrup cuts away at any saltiness from the curdled milk.
Solteritas are orange cookies that are sweet and crunchy. They are usually served with sweet cream.
These cookies are a lovely and simple dessert to make for your family and friends.
Flan De Coco
We have all heard of Flan before, it is a very popular dessert. The Colombian version of Flan involves adding coconut to it.
Flan de Coco is a dessert that is served a lot on the coast of Colombia. You can’t go wrong with Flan.
Merengon de Frescas is a Colombian meringue with strawberries. The classic version of Merengon is filled with whipped cream and guanabana, which is a Colombian fruit.
This dessert is crunchy, sweet, and fresh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is The Most Popular Dessert In Colombia?
There are many popular desserts in Colombia, it is hard to say which is the most popular dessert.
Though, we do know that Postre de Natas is one of the most popular desserts in Colombia and is loved by those who eat it. Postre de Natas is also known as a milk pudding.
It is said to have originated from the Andean region of Colombia. Postre de Natas is a dessert that you will often see families enjoying every weekend, especially after a meal.
What Are Colombian Flavors?
Colombian food has a lot of flavors and spices. If you look at their main dishes, they often have flavors and spices such as cilantro, guacas, parsley, and chives.
When it comes to Colombian food, their food isn’t that spicy. Instead, you’ll find a lot of fruit and vegetables is what makes Colombian food tasty.
With Colombia being a hot country, they have so many amazing fruits and vegetables. This is why a lot of their desserts have fruit in them.
You’ll also find that there are a few unique combinations of flavors. In Colombia, it is not strange to find a sweet treat that has cheese in it.
They even serve hot chocolate that contains cheese. You might think that is an odd pairing but Colombians love it.
Why Are Colombian Desserts Similar To Spanish Ones?
Colombia is a country with a rich history. This is the same for their cuisine. You might notice a few of these desserts are similar to ones you’ve heard are from Spain. Well, that is to be expected.
Colombia was once a part of the Spanish colonies. This is why they share some of the same popular dishes. Many of the Spanish dishes were introduced in Colombia.
Also, Colombian dishes were then influenced by Spanish ones. So whilst some of these dishes might seem similar to Spanish ones, there is often a Colombian twist to them.
You may have also noticed that some Colombian dishes seem to have influences from Africa.
Well, that is a result of having slaves from African countries come to Colombia. Therefore, leading to Colombian dishes having an African influence on them.
We are now finished looking at our list showing you 16 Colombian desserts you need to try today. Maybe you are as excited as we are to make some of these desserts!
Colombian desserts are rich like the country’s history. These dessert recipes only show a portion of the delicious food this country has to offer.
We would say that eating and making Colombian desserts is an experience you need to have in your life.
Now, we hope we have helped you to find the perfect Colombian dessert to suit your tastes.
All you have to do is bake them and enjoy the wonderful flavors Colombia has to offer.
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