Travel Photo of the Day: Dulce de Leche

Staff Writer
According to legend, this delicious sauce was originally an accident

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

The caramelized sugar gives the confection its distinct color.

Similar to caramel in appearance, the beloved South American confection dulce de leche differs in ingredients: traditional recipes include milk.

Although the sweet sauce can now be found worldwide, it is believed to have originated in Argentina during the mid-19th century.

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As the story goes, its development was actually an accident that was caused when a "serving woman" was distracted from a dish that she was preparing for soldiers during war. She had originally intended to create "la lechada" for the camp, but when she returned to her pan, she discovered a "dark brown jelly substance" and dulce de leche (at least similar to what we now know) came to be.

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Craving dulce de leche? Check out our recipe for dulce de leche French toast!