Machacado: a delight that takes away the heat


Machacado is a rich dessert well known in the southern peninsula of Mexico, especially in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, and Merida, Yucatan. It is clear that, due to the high temperatures of these places, it had to be something fresh, and indeed it is. But it is not only refreshing, it is also sweet, delicious, and full of textures and color.

The Machacado is very similar to the Raspados, since its main ingredients are seasonal fruits and ice, however, it has some more touches that give it an amazing particularity: cinnamon, vanilla, and condensed milk. The preparation of this delicacy is extremely easy and is prepared at the moment of consumption, the process is as follows:

In a high glass the fruit that is desired must be placed (usually fruits like strawberry, blackberry, mango, banana, guava, etc. are used), later it is crushed with a kind of mortar, leaving a fruit pulp, the combinations of fruits are also very common. After this, the condensed milk is added and mixed with the crushed ice.

Usually, the heat makes the ice melt quickly, which allows all the ingredients to be integrated easily and to be drunk with a straw. This rich dessert would not be complete without the final decoration, which is usually wafers or long cookies. As you can see, every region of Mexico has culinary delights worth discovering and trying.