Almost 95% of the Costa Rican population are of Spanish or Mestizo (mixed) heritage, heavily influencing the country's cooking style. Costa Rica's traditionally mild, not over-spiced cuisine usually features rice and beans, which are also the main ingredients in the national recipe, gallo pinto.
Common desserts are queque seco (Orange Pound Cake), Miel de Chiverre (Sweet White Spaghetti Squash), Tres Leches, Arroz con leche (rice pudding), and Suspiros (Meringues).
cono capuchino—an ice-cream cone topped with chocolate
dulce de leche—a syrup of boiled milk and sugar. Also thicker, fudgelike cajeta—delicious!
flan—cold caramel custard
mazamorra—corn starch pudding
melcocha—candy made from raw sugar
pan de maiz—corn sweet bread
queque seco—pound cake
torta chilena—multilayered cake filled with dulce de leche
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