Mexico City otherwise known as D.F. a vibrant city that not only offers a vast range of museums and cultural activities but also is a gastronomic paradise for curious, hungry foodies.
Downtown, just a few blocks away from the Zocalo (main square) on 5 de mayo St. #39 there’s a little shop with beautiful windows and elegant wooden frames displaying an exquisite array of sweets, drinks, biscuits and meringues.
Always busy, this fine establishment called “Dulceria de Celaya” offers since its opening -over 140 years ago- typical sweets from different parts of Mexico.
Since colonial times when sugar cane was first introduced in Mexico, the production of sugar and its integration to the newly born gastronomy of New Spain boosted a staggering production of dishes, sweets and desserts in domestic and Coventry kitchens.
The unexpected encounter of chicken eggs, sugar, vanilla, cocoa, Mexican fruits and an ever increasing amount of spices shipped from Asia to New Spain produced many eloquent products of the intense global cultural and culinary interchange of the 16th century.
Viceroyal opulence wasn’t restricted to architecture, decoration, arts and clothing, food was yet another canvas in which cooks expressed refinement and lavishness in many intricate combinations, shapes and textures.
Mexican colonial cuisine is voluptuous, sensual and hides in the names of its sweets its true vibrant nature. Sighs, kisses and alleluias were just some of dozens of bite size delicacies with either soft, syrupy, creamy, crunchy or crumbly textures.
Thomas Gage, a British Franciscan Monk and counsellor of Cromwell, who visited New Spain in 1625 reported that in less than five months of living in a monastery we was amazed at the variety and elegance of the sweets and preserves he had enjoyed.
At Dulceria de Celaya one can buy treats that date as far as Colonial times, some others were influenced by French, Austrian and Lebanese cuisines amongst others that gained popularity due to the large immigrant communities that came Mexico during the late 1800s and along the 1900s.
So next time you visit D.F Step back in time and enjoy sugary nibbles of history at this must-visit shop.