We never tire of talking about sweets in Puerto Vallarta. We also have no problem ingesting them. Mexican delicacies hold world prominence for a good (and delicious) reason. So much work goes into the creation of sweet offerings and is often the highlight of one’s dining experience.
Famous for chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla, many Mexican dishes combine all three. Flavored liqueurs and tequilas have become very popular in the past couple of decades, as well, with countless to choose from.
Our personal favorite cake, the one chosen for birthday parties by children and adults alike, is Pan Tres Leches. Similar to Italian tiramisu and British rum cake, Pan Tres Leches is soaked with its ingredients. Made with three types of milk; evaporated, condensed and thick cream, hence the name, it is dense, heavy and not overly sweet, which appeals to us. In Puerto Vallarta, you will usually find Pan Tres Leches served with a topping of whipped cream and fresh fruit; it’s a perfect way to end a meal.
Flan, a dessert most of us would consider very traditional Mexican, is a basic food from both Eastern and Western Europe. Egg custard, dribbled with a bit of caramel sauce, which reveals itself when turned out of the pan, has a subtle sweetness. It’s not overpowering and often, as an extra bonus, may be flavored with coconut or coffee.
Arroz con leche (Rice pudding), popular during the Christmas holidays, is generally bursting with cinnamon flavor but other things are added with a little imagination to tweak the taste buds. Raisins, usually, but also lemon or orange rind or even the leaves of the lemon tree, which of course we would put aside, after licking clean.
Churros are a kid favorite and can be found with street vendors and as a menu item at Costco! Not light on calories, they are a simple pencil shaped pastry rolled in sugar and cinnamon after being deep fried. Best served hot, savor them while strolling the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta.
Is there something oxymoronic about fried ice cream? Though not originally Mexican, it’s caught on with the denizens of Puerto Vallarta, as well as tourists, who consider it part of the local culture. The crispy outside, delivered warm and solid is a real taste treat, once bitten in to the soft, scrumptious, freezing center.
Fruta Cristalizada won’t likely be on the postre menu but it is too yummy to not mention. Made with real fruit, often in their original shape, Mexican candied fruits last for weeks, believe it or not. In Puerto Vallarta, they are a special explosion of sweetness of which we have found dangerously addicting.
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Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article!
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