Get to know the sweet side of Jalisco

We know that Mexican food stands out for its diversity; even though internationally, the protagonists are tacos, enchiladas, and burritos, there is a sweet side that few know.

By Cultura Jalisco

Jalisco Ministry of Tourism

Jericalla dessert (2021-05-18) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

Guadalajara's favorite dessert, Jericalla, is a product of the culinary miscegenation between Europe and Mexico. Although its origin is uncertain, it is said that this light dessert was the creation of a nun who came from the region of Jérica in Spain. 

Jericalla, Jalisco's favorite dessert (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

The nun worked in the care of the children at the Hospicio Cabañas, now known as the Cabañas Museum, and in her quest to create a dish for the children, she made a mixture of egg, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon that she baked in the oven.

Taking jerricallas out of the oven (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

When she forgot the mixture in the oven, she noticed that it had a sweet crust on top, a perfect touch to contrast with the smooth mixture. For more than two hundred years, the jericalla has accompanied Jalisco families with its sweet flavor. 

Milk-based traditional ice cream (2021-05-18) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

The sweet side of Jalisco can also be found in the flavors of the popular nieves de garrafa (Mexican sorbet).

Strawberry and vanilla-flavored ice cream cone (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

Of Italian inspiration, nieves de garrafa were introduced to Mexico in colonial times. Their name comes from their preparation, which involves a lot of effort since they are handmade.

Variety of flavors of nieve de garrafa (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

The preparation time lasts from 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the flavor. To make it, you must place a metal bowl over a wooden bucket filled with ice and salt. The liquid mixture is stirred until it becomes ice cream.

Yellow and pink pitaya (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

In various regions of Jalisco, there are places where you will find an endless list of flavors, milk or water-based. There are so many, such as mamey or pitaya, to mention a few, that it will be difficult to choose just one.

Mexican candy store (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

Mexico is known for its wide variety of sweets treats; cocadas, borrachitos, alegrías, jamoncillos, milk sweets, among many others. In Jalisco, we can highlight the elaboration of guava rolls, myrtle candy, and Jamaica flower candy.

Guava roll cut (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

Guava rolls are very popular in the mountainous municipalities of Talpa de Allende, Tapalpa, and Mazamitla. You will love their cajeta (milk caramel) filling and even more if you accompany them with a glass of cold milk.

Myrtle candies sprinkled with sugar and chile piquín (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

With a sweet and sour flavor, the myrtle sweet, whose plant is native to Africa and southern Europe, can be sprinkled with sugar or chile piquín.

Tamarind lollipops with sprinkled chili (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

The Jamaica candies have a solid consistency and, if you visit Chapala, you will not be able to stop tasting them. For its elaboration, the flower must be boiled, and sugar must be added. When the mixture cools, the result is this delicious candy.

Variety of Mexican candies from the largest market in Latin America (San Juan de Dios) (2021-05-21) by Jalisco Ministry of TourismCultura Jalisco

You still have many desserts to taste and enjoy. We invite you to Jalisco to get to know the sweetest side of the most Mexican state.

Would you like to get to know more about the history of Jericalla,  the most   jalisciense  dessert? The short film of Jalisco TV explains its process. 

La historia de la Jericalla, el postre típico de Jalisco (2021-07-09) by Jalisco TVCultura Jalisco

Jericalla

Existen otros dulces de origen agrícola, que solo pueden ser disfrutados una vez al año. Nos referimos al "Sábado de Tianguis", el día previo al domingo de ramos de Semana Santa; mostrando el sincretismo que habita en Cocula, Jalisco. Conozcamos más de estos dulces tradicionales.

Ponte Duro de semillas de calabaza, Guadalupe Arredondo, 2019, From the collection of: Cultura Jalisco
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Coyules, Guadalupe Arredondo, 2019, From the collection of: Cultura Jalisco
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Cocuixtles enmielados, Guadalupe Arredondo, 2019, From the collection of: Cultura Jalisco
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Gorditas de cacahuate, Guadalupe Arredondo, 2019, From the collection of: Cultura Jalisco
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Dulces del "Sábado de Tianguis" en Cocula Jalisco. Ponteduro, Coyules, Cocuixtles y Gorditas de cacahuate. 

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