What is 'dulce de leche'? And why you should try it...

Updated: Aug 18

Dulce de leche is a sweet Latin American dessert that is like a creamier caramel. It’s made by slowly heating up milk, whereas caramel is made by heating sugar. Dulce de leche is rich and sweet, but not quite as sticky as caramel.


You gotta know that, although this dessert is considered an Argentine emblem brand and it occupies a privileged place in the sentiment of an entire country,


you can also find it all over Latin America with many other names like “Arequipe” in Colombia, “Cajeta” in Mexico and “Manjar Blanco” in Perú, Chile, Bolivia and in some parts of Colombia.

It doesn’t really matter how you call this creamy treat, what does matter is what you spread it on. From crackers to toasts, this cream will sweeten any dish, especially as the sweet complement in a funny breakfast for your children.



Dulce de leche most likely evolved as a way to preserve milk in the pre-refrigerator era. Though its flavor is complex and layered, dulce de leche is deceptively simple to make.

In Colombia, the traditional arequipe reaches its most famous and acclaimed moment during the Christmas holidays, since it is a vital part of the “Christmas dish” or “Plato navideño” every Colombian family makes. In this so-called Christmas dish, it goes alone (either creamy at a side of the dish, or scooped in a little spoon) accompanied by figs, custard, buñuelos, and cheese.


However, this is not the only time where Colombians taste the delicious sweetness of the Arequipe, all year long it is used as the base or cover of many desserts, where the oblea (a crispy wafer filled mostly with arequipe, cheese, and some other sweet ingredients) is one of the most interesting ones to look up to.


No matter what name you know it for, Dulce de Leche, Arequipe, or Cajeta, this sweet cream caramel-based is a must in your collection of spreadables inside your cupboard, so you always have at your fingertips the sweet flavor of Latin America!


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Latino Foods Team

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