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  1. Christine from christineinspain
    October 6, 2011

    I loooove me some chuches!! Yet, I have never seen jamon-shaped ones :( Loved this post, Cat!

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 6, 2011

      It’s from a Mom and Pop shop on Calle Pagés del Coro in Triana, and one I love frequenting! I naturally took my bestest friend in the whole wide world so she could stock up for her long plane ride home.

  2. Janel
    October 6, 2011

    My favorite: aged manchego and another glass of Rioja.

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 7, 2011

      If this were facebook, I would like this is a second!! Despite my incurable sweet tooth, I am one to have a copita after din. Thanks forthe suggestions and for reading, Janel!

    • Kaley [Y Mucho Más]
      October 7, 2011

      Ummm amen, sister. Amen to that.

  3. hayleycomments
    October 6, 2011

    I love churros and a good flan but when Christmas rolls around save me from the polvorones! they’s so awful, why can’t Spain just learn to do baked goods?!

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 7, 2011

      EWwwwwwwwwwwwww agreed! My first year when I had no friends, I ate an ungodly amount of them, washed down with this nasty banana liquor. I’ll take sugar cookies, please!

  4. lizenespana
    October 6, 2011

    Pastel de arroz. Might have to do a blog on just that.

  5. Cassandra
    October 7, 2011

    Valor’s hot chocolate is one of the best I’ve ever had. Once–nay, TWICE!–I had their turron ice cream floating in a hot chocolate pool.

    I am not always impressed with Spanish sweets. I don’t care for flan, either, nor it’s curdled cousin, cuajada. However, a great pastry shop can save the day with palmeras and napolitanas.

  6. Katie Stearns
    October 7, 2011

    MANTECADOS are my favorite thing ever in the entire world, and once I eat one, I eat 50, and it’s really not a pretty picture.

  7. Kaley [Y Mucho Más]
    October 7, 2011

    Good post! I too hate flan and am not a huge fan of dry pastries that must be dipped into coffee/milk/Colacao to be edible. I kind of like aceitadas, but they tend to be too anise-y for my taste and, also, too hard.

    Mario actually makes a really good arroz con leche. He considers it his specialty and I’ll agree – it’s delicious!

    I also hate “orejas,” the dessert. Too much powedery sugared dry mouth feeling.

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 8, 2011

      Those Castillians!! By the way, I just made rice krispie treats. I will never shed my Americanness!

  8. Ashlee D.
    October 8, 2011

    Ahhh CHUCHES!! They were my vice; I developed a serious addiction to gummy candy while in Spain. I love tarta de Santiago and filloas too. However, Gallegos seem to love to substitute dessert for sweet alcohol; queimadas, crema de orujo, licor café, etc.

    In Puerto Rico, dessert is pretty Spanish with a Caribbean twist, such as arroz con coco, variations of flan and natilla (things with guayaba, piña, or coco additions are common) Tres leches cake is really popular too.

  9. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures
    October 8, 2011

    I’m happy to leave all of the other desserts behind, but please give me the churros con chocolate!!!

  10. Lauren
    October 8, 2011

    Spain definitely has the whole dessert thing backwards… I think they eat our dessert for their merienda. And their dessert is essentially our snack– yogurt or fruit– or something like that! Confusing it is, but my favorite Spanish sweet so far has been a delicious almond cookie called Tejas sold in El Puerto. They’re to die for! I also love me some chuche and, although I rarely try a flan I like here, I know how to make an amazing coconut flan thanks to my old Dominican boss!

    • hayleycomments
      October 9, 2011

      dude, the Tejas from El Puerto – YES! I took them to my suegros the first time I met them 😉

  11. Jessica Alcorn
    October 9, 2011

    I personally believe Spain lacks on desserts because they don’t use butter. Gotta get some Paula Deen in this country! However the cuches are amazing way better selection than the states but I think my favorite dessert would be arroz con leche or turron at xmas time. So good!

  12. Kit Cox
    October 13, 2011

    Thanks, Cat, for the shout-out! Your comment pushed me over the edge to FINALLY follow up the Tale of Apartment Jackassery I started like, a thousand months ago:

    http://katagoesbasque.blogspot.com/2011/10/misadventures-in-spanish-apartments.html

    I’m bringing it back from its defunctness, although I think it’s going to move & not be so expat-focused (being as how now I’m a repat).

    Can’t stand that we’re ONE below Sevilla now!! come ON, Betis!

  13. Kristen
    October 22, 2011

    It’s so boring but I love that a proper restaurant offers a cut pineapple (in the shell) for a desert. I honestly rarely order dessert while out… I usually too full of pizza to fit it in. :)

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      October 22, 2011

      tíaaaaa I was just in Madrid and was so excited to have dulce de leche in an Indian joint and order a cocktail for dessert. You all are so spoiled up there!

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