Posted by: ktzefr | April 25, 2015

San Miguel de Allende’s Naranja Dulce: Sweet Treats of Mexico’s Bajio

The occasions in life that make one feel “like a kid in a candy store” are special.  Urban Dictionary describes the feeling this way: “A state of utter fascination, with many good or tempting things all around you.”  Sounds a lot like the experience of walking into a real candy store in Mexico’s Bajio region.  Naranja Dulce in the International Mercado de Artesanias in San Miguel de Allende is just such a place…

Naranja Dulce, San Miguel de Allende; Photo:KFawcett

Lorenzo Campos helps a customer at Naranja Dulce, San Miguel de Allende; Photo:KFawcett

There are almost too many choices!  Shredded coconut bars, chocolate dipped orange rind, palenquetas (discs of nuts, pumpkin seeds, or amaranth covered in honey).  But the really special treat here and in every candy store in the region is the cajetaCajeta (sometimes referred to in the US as dulce de leche) was born here in the nearby city of Celaya where they still make the best caramelized milk candy in the world.  The real deal is made with scalded goat’s milk or a mix of goat and cow milk, and there’s nothing like it. Various places offer cajeta on ice cream or in crepes or spread onto wafers to make an amazing cookie…and it’s superb rolled in nuts. 

Naranja Dulce, San Miguel de Allende; Photo:KFawcett

Naranja Dulce, San Miguel de Allende; Photo:KFawcett

Though dulce de leche has only become popular in recent years in the US, this sweet treat has been around a long time in Mexico.  During Mexico’s War of Independence from Spain, cajeta was an important food for the Mexican troops as it could be easily stored and transported, and it lasted for months.  In 2010 the candy was declared the bicentennial dessert to honor its history and tradition.  

I still have a few pieces left from last month’s trip. 

Cajeta, carmelized milk candy from Naranja Dulce, San Miguel de Allende; Photo:KFawcett

Cajeta, carmelized milk candy from Naranja Dulce, San Miguel de Allende; Photo:KFawcett

Behind the scenes in the candy shop…

Making candy at Naranja Dulce, San Miguel de Allende; Photo:KFawcett

Making candy at Naranja Dulce, San Miguel de Allende; Photo:KFawcett

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Naranja Dulce has two locations in San Miguel de Allende — at the International Mercado de Artesanias and on Calle Loreto (No.38) in Centro.  Contact: naranjadulces@gmail.com; in San Miguel — 415-100-8027 and 415-113-2955

“Los Dulces de San Miguel de Allende” by Ana Martinez Casas has additional photos of some of the amazing treats.

 

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Responses

  1. Thank you very much for mentioning my blog in your post!

    I really liked that candy shop, and I think it should have more attention from locals and tourists. Everyone that visits San Miguel de Allende should try these delicious treats!

    I hope we keep in touch, reading each others blog, as travelers and writers.

    • Thanks Ana. Yes, they do have terrific candy and such a variety of other good stuff. I enjoy your blog. Great photos!

  2. Yummy.😀


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