It is common knowledge that going on vacation provides the ideal opportunity to sample a variety of new and exciting cuisines. Even though we don’t all have a sweet tooth, it’s impossible to find someone who doesn’t appreciate something sweet every once in a while. After a satisfying dinner, who among us has not been enticed by the thought of indulging in a decadent dessert or nibbling on something sugary at any hour of the day or night?
Not only does this stunning tropical paradise have breathtaking natural havens, but it also provides mouthwatering confections. If visiting Costa Rica is on your list of places to visit someday, you may relax knowing that the country’s sweets would more than satisfy any sweet tooth you could have.
Your taste buds need some TLC, so do yourself a favour and indulge in one or more of the following delectable sweets and desserts. You won’t be sorry you did! Are you itching to put it to the test right this minute?
1. Rice Pudding (Rice Pudding)
One of the most prevalent forms of carbohydrate consumption in Costa Rica is rice. It is common practice to offer it at lunch or supper, with the main course and any accompanying side dishes; but, you should not be shocked to see it listed as an option for dessert as well.
Rice pudding has been a popular dessert in Costa Rica (and across much of Latin America) for generations, and it is traditionally prepared at home. Rice, cinnamon, and sweetened condensed milk are the constituents of this smooth yet constant mixture.
This dish has developed through the years and now makes use of a wider variety of components. Raisins, grated apples, sliced almonds, ginger, nutmeg, lemon or orange zest, and/or rum are some of the components that are often used in modern recipes that call for additional additions. You may consume it either warm or cold.
2. Chiverre Empanadas
Empanadas made with chiverre, a traditional filling, are one of the most well-known and well-liked sweet treats in Costa Rica, particularly during the celebrations that take place during Holy Week. Honey made from chiverre is a traditional preserve that may be consumed on its own or stuffed into empanadas.
Chiverre is a kind of vegetable that is often prepared and eaten in a dessert-like manner. The chiverre has the appearance of a huge watermelon from the exterior, but when cut open, the flesh is white and has the consistency of a pumpkin. Before being cooked, the chiverre must first be exposed to the sun for many days. After it has been prepared for consumption, it is cleaned, the shell is removed, it is sliced in half, and the seeds are extracted.
Chiverre is first to cut into cubes before being boiled till soft using sugar cane juice, cloves, and cinnamon in addition to water. As a consequence of the sugar cane caramelising the chiverre, the ultimate product is a mixture that is both sticky and chewy. This mixture is often used to stuff little empanadas. People often purchase them in bags of six at grocery stores or at certain coffee cafes. They are scrumptiously satisfying in every way!
Even though they have their roots in Spain, prestios have become an essential element of the sweets culture of Costa Rica. The dough used to make pretios consists of flour, egg, salt, and water, among other ingredients.
After being rolled out into thin circles of a size ranging from miniature to medium, the dough is then put in a fryer and fried until it attains a golden colour and a crisp consistency. After that, sugar cane syrup is poured over the top of them. Make some place in your stomach since you will undoubtedly want to try more than one of these.
Cajetas are a traditional dessert in Costa Rica that have been there for as long as the trees. They are a sort of nougat that may be made into a variety of shapes and sizes, such as huge, little, round, square, and so on. There are a few different kinds, but the ones that are prepared with Pinito milk (Pinito is a well-known, locally produced brand of milk powder), coconut, or peanuts are by far the most popular. There are numerous different kinds.
They are all quite tasty and packed with a tonne of different flavours. The ones that are produced with pinto milk often have almonds or dried fruit sprinkled on top, whilst the coconut and peanut cajetas have a variety of additional things packed into them. They are all characterised by a uniform consistency, and one may get them with relative ease in any season from any large supermarket or speciality food store.
A dessert known as Churchill is one that is local to the province of Puntarenas, which is located on the Pacific coast of the nation. This is a frozen treat that consists of shaved ice and is sweetened with crimson syrup. After adding powdered milk to the ice and topping it with condensed milk and two scoops of ice cream, the mixture is placed in a glass and served with a couple of wafers, a straw, and a spoon.
When compared to a standard granita or slush, which consists of little more than shaved ice sweetened with syrup, the Churchill is considered a step up. Churchill exceeds the expectations of anybody who, on a warm day, has a yearning for something sweet and cool to consume.
6. Manzanas Escarchadas
Candied apples, also known as manzanas escarchadas, may be found at every local fair or festival in Costa Rica, regardless of the size or location of the town you are visiting. The classic manzana escarchada is doused in a thick sugar syrup before being served. However, nowadays there are versions that contain caramel, syrup and peanuts, chocolate, and syrup combined with popcorn, so you won’t run out of possibilities.
Because manzanas escarchadas have a long stick pierced into the middle, they are simple to consume without putting the sweet toppings all over your hands. This makes them ideal for parties. This is a highly enjoyable snack that is particularly liked by children.
7. Coconut Flan
Coconut flan is a local delicacy that is quite popular and can be found on the dessert menus of many Costa Rican restaurants. If you’ve never had flan before, the best way to describe its texture is as having a gelatinous consistency. Flan is a custard-based dessert.
Milk, vanilla extract, eggs, sugar, evaporated milk, and condensed milk is used in its preparation, and shredded coconut is used for both textural and flavorful purposes. It is so delicate that it almost dissolves in your tongue, and believe me when I say that just one piece is seldom sufficient.
8. Pan Bon
Limon, which is located on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and has a significant number of Jamaican immigrants, is the home of the baked good known as pan bon.
Pan bon, also known as black bread, is made by combining the following ingredients: flour, sugar, orange juice, baking soda, eggs, butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sugar cane powder, lemon zest, raisins, and caramelised fruit that has been soaked in rum for at least a month in advance. Pan bon is also known as “black bread.” Never in a million years will anybody forget the intense, decadent, and one-of-a-kind taste of this cake.
Another sweet dish hailing from Limon province, the Caribbean side of Nicaragua is called plantinta. The star of the show is undoubtedly the sweet plantain. The name is a contraction of the phrase “plantain tart,” and the dish resembles a little empanada that is stuffed with ripe plantain purée.
The purée is then combined with other ingredients, such as brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla essence, and vibrant red colouring, before being served. The dough for the empanadas is prepared by mixing flour, margarine, a little bit of salt, and cold water. After being filled, the empanadas are placed in the oven for around half an hour. Plantinta is something that you just have to indulge in if you find yourself on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
The meaning of the name of this sweet is a bit humorous, but it is in fact the very first thing that comes to the thoughts of people who try it once they have tasted it. The phrase “it tastes delicious to me” is translated as bienmesabe. Because it takes around four to five hours to prepare, this dessert is not something that can be made by everyone, and those who do know how to make it should only attempt it if they have a great deal of patience and time on their hands.
Four litres of fresh milk, two kilogrammes of rice, five solid cylinders of sugar cane, one teaspoon of salt, and a banana leaf make up the components of this recipe. The procedure is a strenuous one, but the results are well worth the effort.
11. Tres Leches
This vanilla cake is so dense and spongy that if it were literally translated, it would be called “three kinds of milk.” Costa Ricans really like this cake. After the cake has been cooked, three distinct kinds of milk—regular milk, condensed milk, and evaporated milk—are poured into it until it is completely filled, and then it is stored in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
The end product is a delicacy that is so incredibly moist and tender that it almost dissolves in your tongue. The addition of rum by some individuals to the liquid mixture results in an even more tempting beverage. This delicacy is traditionally consumed when it is still cold; however, it may also be savoured while it is warm and straight from the oven.
12. Mousse Embrujo de Café
A list of desserts from Costa Rica would not be complete without at least one item involving coffee. This is surely not the least important item on the list.
It is common knowledge that the coffee in this nation is considered to be among the very finest in the world. There are eight distinct coffee-growing regions in Costa Rica, each of which is renowned for producing exceptional coffee that may be savoured in a different manner due to its distinctive qualities. Embrujo de café, sometimes known as “Coffee Spell,” is an alcoholic coffee cream that contains 20% alcohol. Milk and a concentrate made from the distillation of coffee beans make up the foundation of this beverage.
These are picked in the high highlands of Costa Rica, where they are allowed to mature in the sun before being collected. They are then roasted by professionals in order to produce a product that has a voluptuous of scent that is seductive, magnificent, and sensuous. In Costa Rica, embrujo de café may be purchased at most of the country’s major supermarkets and liquor shops.
Making this mousse is not difficult and takes just a small number of components. Milk that has been evaporated, milk that has been condensed, flavourless pure gelatin, and embrujo de café cream make up the cast of characters. It is necessary to place the evaporated milk in the freezer for approximately an hour until the consistency of little crystals is reached.
After beating the sweetened condensed milk for some time until it has doubled in size, the milk is gradually added to the mixture, along with the hydrated gelatin and the coffee cream. After the mixture has been put into the mould (which may have whatever form you choose), it must be placed in the refrigerator for at least six hours. The consistency is very comparable to that of flan, and the rich flavour of the coffee will undoubtedly enchant you.
Give yourself the opportunity to sample each and every one of these delicious treats. Enjoy!