South Americans celebrate Valentines Day (Día de San Valentín, or Día de Los Enamorados) with candy, chocolate, flowers and cards. Traditional Latin American sweets are elaborate and beautiful - an art form that the Spaniards brought with them to the New World.
Branch out from the conventional box of chocolates and give your Valentine one of these delicious Latin confections - they're sure to melt both hearts and taste buds.
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Flan's spectacular presentation and creamy texture make it seem difficult to make, but it's actually very easy. Flan is a perfect Valentines dessert when prepared in a heart-shaped pan. You can also make individual heart-shaped flans by cutting a chilled flan with a heart-shaped cooke cookie cutters (see how to make bite-size flans).
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These lovely treats are often handed out to guests at weddings in Brazil, individually wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon.
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These heart-shaped chocolates are filled with ganache that's infused with tart, exotic passionfruit. A perfect combination of flavors for Valentines Day.Recipe for Chocolate Passionfruit TrufflesContinue to 5 of 9 below.
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This popcorn is popped in a sugar syrup, similar to kettle corn. It's quite easy to make this fun confection at home, and it's perfect for Valentine's Day,
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This cake is the perfect ending for a romantic Valentines dinner.Recipe for Passionfruit Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Ganache
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Peruvian Tejas - Dulce de Leche Candy with Macademia Nuts and White Chocolate
Tejas are a traditional confection from the Ica region of Peru (also well know for its pisco and the Nazca lines). Tejas have a candy center made with manjar blanco (dulce de leche) and dried fruit or nuts. They are typically dipped in fondant. These tejas are dipped in white chocolate, a faster and equally delicious option.
Recipe for Traditional Tejas
If you love chocolate, try chocotejas, which are dipped in chocolate rather than fondant or white chocolate.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Cake truffles, or cake balls, are delicious bite-size treats made by mixing crumbled cake with frosting (or in this case, dulce de leche). The mixture is shaped into balls and dipped in chocolate, white chocolate, or more frosting, then rolled in nuts, coconut, or sprinkles.