Are dulce de leche desserts wonderful or not? I confess that I am a fan of this simple product that can be eaten pure or in cakes, pies, alfajores, ice creams… There is no lack of delicious options with the ingredient, right?
However, after our trip to Buenos Aires and more specifically after sharing the chocotorta recipe, many people came to ask me about the differences between Argentine and Brazilian dulce de leche.
Dulce de leche is nothing more than a mixture of whole milk with plenty of fat and crystal sugar. The bicarbonate helps to reach the desired shade and brings creaminess to the candy, preventing the milk protein from coagulating. Argentines, in addition to increasing the dose of bicarbonate that results in a creamier, thicker and darker candy, also add fava beans, extract or vanilla essence to the mix.
That’s exactly why you can tell the difference just by looking at the two types of dulce de leche. In Brazil, the candy is much clearer and creamy. The proportion of bicarbonate is lower and, in most cases, no more ingredients are added.
But which one is the best? Taste is taste and therefore it is practically impossible to say which one is the most delicious. Fact is that Argentines are the biggest exporters of the delicacy and the famous dulce de leche it is a true national passion. There is no lack of recipes for flans, medialunas, pies, cakes, ice cream, alfajores and churros that show this love, right? There it is practically impossible to enter a restaurant that does not have at least one dessert with dulce de leche on the menu.
Now, if you want to take the test at home, I made a list with the 5 best Argentine and Brazilian milk sweets 😉
Our neighboring country has many brands specialized in the subject, but one of the best known and loved by the locals is the Chimbote. The product is of the highest quality and therefore the value is much higher, however, the ultra-creamy texture and the amber hue a little lighter than the others are worth.
THE La Salamandra it is the perfect option for those who want to taste an authentic Argentine dulce de leche outside the country. That’s because the brand exports tons of the super soft candy.
The differential of Munchi’s is the type of milk. The brand only works with milk produced by Jersey cows that are rich in protein and fat. Of course, with very high quality ingredients, the result is different, right? For those who enjoy darker and darker milk sweets, this is the best option.
The plastic pot of La Serenissima you can get away at first, but make no mistake: the version “Colonial Style” is one of the favorites of Argentines. The best part is that the price is much more affordable than the others!
Last, but not least, we cannot fail to speak of the Havanna. Well, the brand is well known for its delicious alfajores, but the very dense dulce de leche leaves nothing to be desired. I think it is one of the best to give that spoonful straight out of the pot!
The most known and loved brand by Brazilians is the Viçosa. Dulce de leche is produced by the Federal University of Viçosa and is based on super-traditional mining recipes.
In addition to using the high quality milk produced there, technology has helped to perfect this delight. The tin filled with the ultra-creamy candy makes your mouth water and it is no wonder that it has won the title of best milk candy 9 times in the National Dairy Product Competition organized by Epamig and the Cândido Tostes Dairy Institute.
Vimilk has already beaten Viçosa out of first place in the competition. The dulce de leche is lighter and softer, great to accompany sweeter desserts.
With only three ingredients (milk, sugar and baking soda), the dulce de leche Senator it is an excellent alternative for those who like the traditional. The texture is very light and smooth, without sugar crystals.
Less sweet and more pasty than the vast majority of Minas Gerais milk sweets, the Swiss Mine Reserve it’s great for those who love milder flavors. The recipe with more milk and less sugar is a lot less nauseating than you think 😉
Handcrafted by a group of confectioners in the city of Santo Antonio do Grama, the dulce de leche Flavors of Gram it is pure tradition. The sweet takes only the three ingredients and has no added preservatives. Milk and fruits (used in some versions) are grown in the region itself and are still used fresh in recipes.
Phew, there are plenty of good options to prepare that delicious recipe full of dulce de leche, right? Of course, homemade versions are also great for those days when we are inspired.
Here on the website you will find a classic Argentine dulce de leche and a very creamy version typical of Norway. The channel also has a recipe for lactose-free dulce perfect to accompany a chocolate muffin bol