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Central America Desserts
It's commonly said that dessert is the best part of any meal -- whether you're home, or abroad. Luckily, Central American desserts don't disappoint. Whether opting for something sweet after dinner, or stopping by a bakery, Central American desserts are diverse and super satisfying. Make sure to try as many of these dishes as you can during your travels.
Pictured above: galletas, or cookies (always my favorite).Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Pastel de Tres Leches
Pastel de Tres Leches (tres leches cake, or "cake of three milks") is a Central America dessert popular all over the isthmus. It's a sponge cake soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, whole milk and condensed milk.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Banana cake is primarily found on the Central America Caribbean coasts of countries like Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica. It's lighter and sweeter than banana bread, and occasionally served with frosting.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Flan is a golden-colored caramel custard enjoyed all over Latin America, including every country in Central America.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Fresas con Crema (Strawberries and Cream)
Fresas con Crema (strawberries and cream)are particularly popular in the Boquete valley of Panama, which is famous for its delicious strawberries.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Arroz con Leche
Arroz con leche (rice with milk) is a Latin American sweet rice pudding, made by simmering rice in milk and spices.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Like savory empanadas, dessert empanadas (sometimes called ampanaditas) are pastries filled with all kinds of goodies. Some Central America dessert empanadas fillings include chocolate, apple, or other fruits (as shown).Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Coconuts are plentiful in Central America, especially among the coasts. So are coconut desserts. Some favorites include coconut cake, coconut fudge, tabletas (chewy coconut candy), and coconut pie, pictured.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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On a hot day, nothing beats a granizada. Like snow cones in the United States, granizadas feature shaved ice drizzled (or soaked) in sweet, colorful syrups. They're usually sold from street carts in Central America.
Note: Always be wary of ice in Central America -- make sure to ask if that granizada you're craving is made with purified ice (hielo puro).Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Refrescos, liquados, frescos -- fruit smoothies are delicious by any name. They can be made with water, milk, yogurt and/or ice, along with one or more of Central America's tropical fruits. Pineapple, mango, strawberry, papaya and watermelon are Central America favorites.