One of the most common meriendas (snacks) in Argentina – or at least here at Expanish – is the intensely sweet and delicious chocotorta. The dessert is made with chocolate cookies, cream cheese, and the ubiquitous dulce de leche – a national obsession. Debuted in 1980, the recipe was originally designed to promote the Chocolinas brand of cookies and a brand of cream cheese called Mendicrim. Regardless of its basis in propaganda and advertising, the chocotorta has become a typical Argentine sweet, rivaling alfajores and helado for national honor and pride.
Because the ingredients are very simple and overall it is very easy to make, the chocotorta is a popular choice of recipe for the Merienda Expanish, one of the frequent free activities hosted by the school. At the Merienda, students get to learn how to make (and eat) chocotorta. For your convenience and enjoyment, please find the recipe below to make wherever your home country may be. If you don’t think you’ll be able to find dulce de leche at home, make sure to buy some as a souvenir!
- Chocolinas (or other chocolate cookies)
- Dulce de Leche
- Queso Crema (cream cheese)
- Mix the milk and cocoa
- Beat four spoonfuls of dulce de leche with the cream cheese until mixed
- Soak the cookies in the milk and cocoa mixture
- Layer the dulce de leche mixture in a pan with the chocolate cookies. Continuing altering layers of dulce de leche and cookies. You might want to put grated chocolate on top.
- Place in the freezer for a few hours.
- Voila! Ready to eat.