Below are eight of the finest Haitian desserts available. You can easily prepare these desserts at home. Either that or you can visit a Haitian restaurant and try them out in a homemade style.
1) Haitian Cake
Haitian Cake, or Gateau Au Beurre, is the most common cake eaten in Haiti. A bundt pan is used to bake the cake, which makes it shaped round. It contains the typical cake ingredients like baking powder, butter, eggs and sugar. It also contains dark rum, lime zest, and nutmeg.
2) Simple Orange Cake
The Haitians call this cake “Gateau a L’Orange.” It is an aromatic cake that has a distinct citrus flavor and smell. Its main ingredients include baking soda, orange juice, orange zest, vanilla, sugar, eggs, and flour. It is not a thick cake, but more of an airy cake that melts in your mouth. If you enjoy sugary and orange flavors, then you will want to try the Haitian Gateau a L’Orange.
3) Haitian Fruit Cocktail
Haitian fruit cocktail, also known as Blan Manje, is a fruity dessert with a base ingredient of coconut milk. Other ingredients include pineapples, cherries, rum and shredded coconut pieces on top. It is usually served at special events or parties.
4) Haitian Fudge
Haitian fudge, also known as Dous Makos, consists of chocolate and vanilla layers. Red food coloring is used to create the red stripe in the middle of it. A man named Fernand Macos invented Haitian fudge in the year 1939. He is said to be the Haitian equivalent of Milton S. Hershey, who was the founder of the Hershey’s chocolate company.
5) Tablet Cocoye
How would you like a Haitian street dessert? The Tablet Cocoye is comprised of condensed milk, grated coconut, cinnamon, and sugar. Some people refer to this dessert as a coconut patty because of its grated coconut ingredient. It kind of looks like a peanut brittle snack.
6) Pain Patate
Pain patate is a sweet potato bread and a popular Haitian dessert. In addition to its sweet potato ingredients, it also contains coconut milk, grated coconut, crushed ripe bananas, whole milk, and sugar. Additional flavorings may be added to the dessert, including ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, lime zest, raisins, and lemon.
7) Dous Makos
Have you ever wondered what Haitian fudge is like? If so, then you should try out dous makos. It is a classic Haitian fudge dessert that is prepared with colorings, milk, sugar, and flavorings. Dous makos consists of at least three layers of different flavors and colors. You can choose from any number of popular flavorings, such as vanilla, almonds, chocolate, peanut butter, cinnamon, citrus peels, and rum. The final outcome are rectangular shaped fudge pieces.
Doukounou is a beloved Haitian pudding dessert that uses cornmeal as its base ingredient. You can choose whether to make the flavor spicy or sweet because the cornmeal base alone won’t give you either flavor. You have to add the flavor with a separate sauce. Since this is a dessert, the sweet version of Doukounou is the most popular. It includes beaten eggs, vanilla extract, raisins, cinnamon, sugar, milk, and cornmeal.