Mercado de Dulces: Morelia, Mexico

Mercado de Dulces in Morelia
Mercado de Dulces in Morelia

One of the things you may notice while traveling through Mexico is that the locals love their sweets.  The prominence of dulcerias (candy stores) and heladerias (ice cream parlors) is a dead giveaway.  I have fond childhood memories of whacking piñatas so they’d spill their sugary, individually-wrapped contents onto the ground.  I’ll blame my love for the “sweet” on my Mexican-American heritage.   

 

If you call yourself a sweet tooth, too, and you find yourself in Morelia, Mexico, make sure you make time to visit the Mercado de Dulces.   Morelia is famous for its candy-making history. Located just two blocks west of the Plaza de Armas, Mercado de Dulces is lined with stalls filled with a mosaic of the region’s candies – it’s heaven for candy lovers. 

Tasty Treats
Tasty Treats

You’ll find treats like dulce de leche wafers, pralines, chunk chocolate to melt in a cup of warm milk, ates (soft fruit leathers), cocadas (candied fruit filled with coconut), and rompope (an eggnog-like beverage flavored with rum).  Even if you don’t like sweets, the colorful stalls are a visual treat – maybe this is the true meaning of “eye candy”.

And more treats...
And more treats...

Not sure what indulgence to buy?  Watch the locals buy their favorites and follow suit, or better yet, buy a variety and take a gustatory tour of Morelia and the surrounding areas in Michoacan.

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