Dulce de leche is a classic food of Argentina. It is made by simmering milk and sugar at a low heat for several hours until it turns into a thick caramel-like sauce. Argentines love dulce de leche and put it on almost everything! Dulce de leche is a great souvenir to bring home since it is so quintessentially Argentine and will be loved by almost anyone. If you go to a supermarket in Buenos Aires you will find that there is almost an entire row devoted to the sauce, with countless slight variations of it. To help you out we’ve tried almost every brand available and made a list of our favorites:
Chimbote – Historically thought of as one of the classic DDL brands in Argentina, Chimbote has offered a “premium” version of the sauce, long before it was trendy. The retro label is easy to pick out in a store.
San Isidro Labrador – Produced by Munchi’s, one of the best ice cream chains in Argentina, San Isidro Labrador’s DDL is made from the milk of Jersey cows, usually only used for ice cream in the country. Only sold at Munchi’s shops.
Havanna – Famous for their alfajores (dulce de leche filled cookies), Havanna also makes great dulce de leche. While this shop is based in the beach town of Mar del Plata, they have many locations in Buenos Aires.
La Serenísima Estilo Colonial – This is many Argentines’ favorite version of the sauce. Widely available in supermarkets, it is sold in a white plastic container, making it much lighter to transport than versions in glass bottles.