Tasty Travels: Dulce de Leche, Argentina

No matter where you go in this world, you’ll find people who can appreciate the sugary joys of sweets and desserts. There are so many different kinds out there that you can seek out and appreciate. If you’re heading to Argentina and want your sweet tooth satisfied, there’s no better snack to smack your lips to than Dulce de Leche.
If you’re a fan of caramel, this sticky jar of Latin American sweetness might be right up your alley. Traditional Dulce de Leche is created with the following ingredients: milk, sugar, vanilla beans, and a bit of baking soda. In a saucepan, the sugar, vanilla bean, and milk are combined. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring it every now and then till the sugar has fully dissolved. It is then continuously cooked this way for an hour before removing the vanilla bean and then waiting for the concoction to turn its signature brown color. Once it’s ready, the mixture is then passed through a mesh strainer and then stored in a sealed container before being refrigerated for a month.
Like many of the dishes across the world, Dulce de Leche has been absorbed into the culture of multiple countries that it has become difficult to pinpoint its true origin. One of these stories tell that the sweet treat was created by accident when a forgetful maid of Juan Manuel de Rosa had left her milk and sugar cooking. While she was called away, the mix of the two turned into a thick brown goo, the supposed original incarnation of this dish. This fluffy sweet can be used as a spread, as a filling, cake icing, and so much more. This sticky versatile food item is definitely worth indulging in!