South Americans celebrate Valentines Day (Día de San Valentín, or Día de Los Enamorados) with candy, chocolate, flowers and cards. Traditional Latin American sweets are elaborate and beautiful - an art form that the Spaniards brought with them to the New World.
Branch out from the conventional box of chocolates and give your Valentine one of these delicious Latin confections - they're sure to melt both hearts and taste buds.
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Flan's spectacular presentation and creamy texture make it seem difficult to make, but it's actually very easy. Flan is a perfect Valentines dessert when prepared in a heart-shaped pan. You can also make individual heart-shaped flans by cutting a chilled flan with a heart-shaped cooke cookie cutters (see how to make bite-size flans).
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These lovely treats are often handed out to guests at weddings in Brazil, individually wrapped in tissue paper and ribbon.
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These little heart-shaped alfajores are shortbread cookies filled with caramel dulce de leche.
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This popcorn is popped in a sugar syrup, similar to kettle corn. It's quite easy to make this fun confection at home, and it's perfect for Valentine's Day,Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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These delicious empanadas are filled with sauteed garlic spinach and a creamy cheese sauce, but you could use any empanada filling.