Caribbean culture has many distinctive elements that make it unique. In my opinion, is the perfect marriage between our African and Spanish ancestry that makes it dramatic and theatrical while full of color, rhythm, and joy. When it comes to food, those characteristics transfer with the same intensity of color, drama and flavor.
As my grandmother’s helper growing up, I learned to knead, beat and bake ingredients endemic to the island. Then, I could not imagine gastronomy that wouldn’t involve coconut, plantains, bananas, and tropical fruits. During my adult life getting to know other Caribbean people I’ve learn that our gastronomy is very similar, made with simple, everyday ingredients that in other parts of the world are considered exotic.
The majority of Caribbean dishes are strong and flavorful. Keep in mind the constant heat and long days call for a gastronomy that can lift you through the day. Caribbean Desserts are no exception; many of them use combinations that will really test your taste buds and even your imagination.
I think Caribbean desserts in particular have the power of transporting you to a place of relaxation and pampering; the intensity of flavors and aromas combined leave you wanting more. Here are 10 Caribbean desserts that will take you to paradise and back in a spoonful of delight.