Popular Dominican Desserts
In a land where sugar is still important, desserts like cakes, puddings, caramel-dipped fruits and creams are quite sweet.
Be sure to stop at a Helados Bon is the popular local chain of ice cream shops carrying tropical sherbets, macadamia, coconut and rum flavored ice creams.
Common menu desserts to look for:
Aqua de coco, sliced coconuts mixed with sugar cane juice and native fruits of the island such as mangoes, pineapples, oranges, bananas and plantains)
Arroz con leche or rice pudding
Bizcochos, cakes with white cream topping
Dulce de leche, a milk cream additionally flavored with coconut or fruit
Dulce de coco, a thick, sweet coconut paste
Flan, a rich custard dessert
Frio frios, shaved ice with fruit syrups)
Rum cake is a favorite menu item as well as a good take-home souvenir.
For more information on authentic Dominican food and meal preparation, visit: dominicancooking.com
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