Famous biscuits alfajores had become a signature treat of Argentine food manufacturer Havanna. Before we go any further, let's revisit these biscuits and see what they're made of, and what a great combination Havanna and alfajores make.
Alfajores can also be found under the names alfajor or alajú, depending on the region. These almond cookies have a long tradition in South America so it's quite famous in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, and so on.
In Argentina and Uruguay, alfajores usually contain dulce de leche, the nations’ favourite milk-based confection. Having drawn comparisons to the French macaroon, the alfajor has a sandwich-style structure. The more traditional alfajores only have two layers of biscuit and are coated in desiccated coconut whilst the more recent additions to the alfajor family have more layers and a wider variety of fillings and toppings
Almond does not only enhance this confection, it can also contain hazelnut, honey, cinnamon, and other ingredients characteristic for sweets, including spices like cilantro. The food manufacturer Havanna additionally to having some of the best cookies in Argentina, operates its own system of franchise coffee stores and exports the products to several countries. Havanna runs more than 300 coffee shops in Argentina and across Latin America. Coffee and alfajores, can it get any better?
As some satisfy customers say, the alfajores textures and flavours create an uncommonly complex experience. These cookies are big and rich, and one is more than enough to get the job done.
Havanna was founded in 1948 by Benjamin Sisterna with Demetrio Eliades and Luis Sbaraglini, and aside alfajores (and cone-shaped variation) produces dulce de leche, other cookies and puddings. The name of the company is said to be an apparent homage to the capital city of Cuba, but it’s still not clear why's written with double letter „n“. More recently, the alfajor 70% Pure Cocoa is the latest great creation of Havanna masters.
Havanna's alfajores come in different flavours, including chocolate, dulce de leche, chocolate mousse and quince jam. The company's product range is expanded with the likes of chocolate Havannet, lemon cookies, Chantilly cream cakes, and more.
The alfajor de fruta is one of their most successful products in the range. Quince marmalade sandwiched between two biscuits coated in meringue, it mixes the traditional Argentine flavour of quince with a contemporary meringue twist – an original, experimental alfajor for a fruitier, more refreshing experience
A company given the award of National Trademark grew until becoming an icon of Argentine people’s everyday life and it currently represents Argentina beyond its borders - about six million units are sold on daily basis throughout the country.
Here's an interesting fact to conclude this text: according to Guinness World Records, the biggest alfajor in the world, measuring almost two meters in diameter and 80 centimetres in height and weighing 464 kilograms, was made on 11 December 2010 in Minas, Uruguay.
Have you tried this sweet delicacy? The recipe has been modified since its beginnings, but alfajores are more popular than ever, and this is the time to indulge in the perfect dessert.
Leading Photo: Alfajor by Silvio Tanaka
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