Peruvian cuisine is something of a sensation worldwide. Everyone who is a food aficionado knows something about Peruvian cuisine, which is a melting pot of Spanish, Incan, Indigenous, Japanese and various other cuisines. Peruvian cuisine is also influenced by West African, German and Italian cuisines. From the exotic to the most mouth-watering, there is something for everyone in a Peruvian platter. If you are in Peru, do not forget to try these mouth watering sweets, which are known all over the country and relished with great joy by locals and tourists alike.
If you like your jelly in your home country, you will probably not miss it in Peru, because Mazamorra Morada is a unique jelly-like clove-flavored dessert with a Peruvian twist. It is made from purple maize and is boiled with cinnamon and cloves. This dessert can be drunk, with jelly splishing and splashing in your mouth.
Peruvian nougats are known as turrones. They originate in Spain and are often found in other Spanish-speaking countries as well. Turrones are usually served during the Lord of Miracles procession in Lima, where the nougat is flavored with anise and honey. This is one delectable dessert that you just can’t afford to miss!
Arroz con Leche
If you have ever been to South India during Lent, you will know that local Christians eat a gruel-based dessert called congee. Congee is prepared with rice and milk, sweetened with jaggery and coconuts. Similarly, Arroz con leche is a Peruvian take on this universal rice pudding. It is flavored delicately with cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins.
If you are the kind of person who loves sweet fritters despite the amount of oil in them, you should try picarones. Picarones have a pumpkin base and are shaped like rings. Picarones are sweetened with cane sugar syrup, and differ significantly from the Spanish dessert Bunuelos. Imagine grabbing a bunch of these and exploring the streets of Barranco in Lima? That would be an evening worth remembering.
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If you are the kind of person who loves bread, you simply have to try Paneton before you leave Peru for your home country. Panetons are usually prepared and served during Christmas, and eaten with coffee or hot chocolate. Panetons are made from dried fruits stuffed into sweet bread. They are delicious, fragrant and bring you a taste of Peruvian traditions and culture.
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