Have you got a sweet tooth?
If the answer is yes, Yucatan will be your dream. Yucatecans sure do know their sweets.
There are so many traditional sweets and they are all mouth-wateringly delicious. They are better, more authentic and sweeter than anything you can find in England (ok, maybe some cornish fudge could compete).
In the image above you can see a typical ‘sweets tray’ which men carry up and down the beach, tempting people to indulge. Look at those colours and treats! Its impossible to resist!
Coconut, pineapple, meringue and papaya are all common ingredients. My favourite is this mango-coconut mix:
The sweets are everywhere, you can’t escape their sugary goodness. Here is a sweet stand in the centre on a Saturday night.
Why not try: coconut balls, meringue with lime, coconut chunks in caramel, sweet potato and coconut balls, tamarind, marzipan of coconut or squash seeds, papaya filled with coconut, empanaditas with coconut or sweet potato. The list is endless.
In Autumn, when Day of the Dead is around the corner, mazapan sweets (marzipan) are everywhere, shaped into beautiful little decorations:
If that’s not enough for you, there’s always Yucatan’s famous honey, which is wonderful plus its always good to support local producers.