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July 21, 2022 6 min read

Everyone is familiar with the most amazing dishes, stews and roasts with the flavors of Peru.

They enchant every pallet with its rich species that derive from many different cultures. But you probably don’t know the huge variety ofPeruvian desserts that exists.

Peru definitely has a sweet tooth and knows how to satisfy this craving. Check out some of Peru’s most popular desserts. 

Peruvian desserts with fruit: Mazamorra Morada

With a varied weather that can go from extra hot in summer time to freezing in winter, people in Lima have grown accustomed to prepare deliciousPeruvian desserts with a warm and comforting flavor.

Mazamorra morada is a Limeñan dessert with a jelly- like texture that can be enjoyed all year round but people like it, especially on cold months.

This dessert is unique because of its exotic flavors, the base is Peru’s purple corn and has hints of cinnamon, clove, pineapple, cherry, peach, apricot and many other options of fresh and dried fruits.

This mixture is then thickened by using sweet potato flour. One of the most originalPeruvian desserts without a doubt. 


Not only one of the bestPeruvian desserts, this is a best seller for street vendors. Picarones could be considered the equivalent of a doughnut, with a sweet, sticky and dripping consistency.

Picarones are made from sweet potato flour and fried for a couple of minutes until they reach a golden color and crisp texture. After being fried, they are topped with honey, cinnamon, essence of orange and other sweet spices.

This dessert can also be the perfect treat or snack, you can have them for dinner with a glass of milk or as the perfect ending of a huge meal. Find the delicious Picarones doughnut mix ready to preparehere


Alfajores with Manjar blanco

Alfajores are definitely one of the most popularPeruvian desserts, and their popularity extends all over Latin America. Alfajores are a type of ultra soft round cookies made from corn flour, they are so crumbly that they resemble buttermilk cookies.

You take two of these soft cookies and “glue” them together with manjar blanco, a sweet caramel and milk cream, and sprinkled completely with powdered sugar. You can find alfajores almost anywhere in Peru, or you can make them and enjoy them fresh. Their taste is a little dry but  super sweet, so they go great with coffee or milk. 

Peruvian desserts for parties: Pionono

Pionono is one of the most decadentPeruvian desserts, some people say it’s a different version of the jelly roll cake. This addictive cake is typically filled with manjar blanco, but it can also go with fruit filling or even whipped cream. And it’s precisely its manjar blanco (the caramel and milk cream we mentioned before) what gives this dessert a Peruvian twist. 

You can make this recipe yourself since it’s so simple. Bake a standard cake on a baking sheet, it will result in a very slim and long cake. When it’s done spread manjar blanco all over it and roll it up. You can serve it as the perfect dessert for a party or dinner. 

Leche Asada (Peruvian roasted milk custard)

This one of the most ancientPeruvian desserts, prepared as early as Colonial times by the people of Peru.

Leche Asada is considered as a low budget version of the Crème Brûlée because it shares the same technique and almost the same ingredients. Leche Asada leaves you with a sweet yet simple flavor on your mouth after enjoying it.

The classic Leche Asada recipe requires whole milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; although some modern recipes include condensed milk or evaporated milk for fluffier texture.

Despite what you might think because of its taste and its brown burned top, Leche Asada does not require caramel. You can serve it cold or warm in individual glasses. 

These are only a few examples of whatPeruvian desserts have to offer, all of them have a little bit of Peruvian heart in them and your mouth will be watering since you start making them.

Try out each one of these recipes and experiment with your favourite ingredients, they’ll be perfect for a hungry afternoon or to wow your dinner guests.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to desserts in Peru. Whether you're a sweet tooth or looking for something unusual, there's sure to be a delicious treat to tempt you. Here are six of the best Peruvian desserts:


1. Churros: These crispy, deep-fried doughnuts are commonly found in street carts and restaurants throughout Peru. They're usually filled with various flavors, including chocolate and pandan flavors.

2. Mote con Tema de nuevo (Milk yolk cake) This is a sweet and simple cake made from milk, eggs, and sugar. It's not quite as sweet as typical cakes and can be served with or without the marzipan layer.

3. Mate de coca (Coca leaf tea) This bitter, milky tea is made from the leaves of coca plants. There are several methods for preparing it, but the most popular way is to boil the leaves and add sugar to make a sweetened mate.

4. Chicha (corn beer) A local drink similar to beer but made from corn and often flavored with fruit or spices, it is a cheap, filling way to quench the thirst of farms and workers in the highlands.

5. Queso Blanco (white cheese) Once a staple of the Peruvian diet, queso Blanco is now produced mainly for export and is often made from imported milk and other dairy products.


 What makes Peruvian desserts so unique? 


Many Peru tourists are familiar with the country's spicy, hearty dishes. But for those who enjoy sweet treats, there is much to love about the Peruvian dessert repertoire. From chicha Morada - an ear of purple corn drink popular in the Andean region - to ice cream made from fresh fruits and nuts, these delicacies offer unique flavors and textures that are hard to find elsewhere.

Add in traditional desserts like a guinea pig (a kind of turnover filled with sweetened condensed milk), cruller (pastries filled with nuts or chocolate), and Torres (pumpkin desserts), and you have a recipe for an unforgettable trip to Peru.


The Classic Desserts: Flan, Tres Leches Cake, Pisco Sours

There's something undeniably special about desserts from Peru. Whether the creamy, fluffy pies and tarts filled with sweetened condensed milk or the dense and chocolaty puddings, they all come together to form a memorable experience. And while many Peruvian desserts are pretty complex in flavor, a few are perfect for beginners. Try out one of these simple favorites for an unforgettable dessert experience. Sweet Potato Pudding, Mate de Coca, Pollo al Horno

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Sweet and Savory Snacks: Choclo Porridge, Arequipe Chips

Snacks have always been a part of life. From sweet to savory, they can satisfy any hunger. This article will discuss some of the best sweet and savory snacks that are perfect for any occasion.

First up is choclo porridge. This popular snack is made from cornmeal, milk, sugar, and butter. It is smooth and creamy with a hint of sweetness and can be served warm or cold. Arequipe chips are also a delicious savory snack option. These chips are made from corn, vegetable oil, and salt, providing a crispy and salty taste that goes well with spicy sauces or dips.

Arequipa is the perfect place to start a tour in Peru, as it has many historic sites, including churches and the La Recoleta Cemetery. The city is also trendy for its food and cuisine, with many restaurants and street vendors serving traditional Peruvian dishes. In addition, Arequipa is the gateway to the Colca Canyon and the Colca Valley.


Cappuccino Crème Brûlée with Caramelized Bananas 

This recipe for cappuccino creme brulee is a creamy and indulgent way to enjoy your morning coffee. The caramelized bananas add sweetness and depth of flavor to the dish, while the espresso provides a delicious background contrast. This recipe is easy to make and will impress your friends and family.

Cappuccino creme brulee This is the best recipe I have ever used. My family loved it. I added a little extra cream and milk, and it was still prosperous and delicious. The Brulee on top was amazing!

This is the best recipe I have ever used. My family loved it. I added less sugar and used skim milk instead of whole milk to make it a creme brulee type dessert.


Gelato Favorites: Raspberry, Peach, Piña Colada

Gelato is a famous Italian ice cream that can be made with any flavor or combination. Some popular gelato flavors are raspberry, peach, piña colada, and strawberry cheesecake. Many people enjoy trying different gelato flavors to find their favourite. Some people prefer the more tart flavors, while others prefer the sweeter flavours. Whatever your favourite gelato flavor may be, there is sure to be a flavor out there that you will love.

The recipe for this Gelato is the same as my other super simple ice cream recipes. You can find all of my fabulous simple ice cream recipes here! I have tried different flavours of Gelato and have found that there are many different ones out there to try.