Cachafaz alfajores

2009 December 22
by Simba

Did you ever get the alfajores of Havanna in Buenos Aires recommended? And they did not live up to your expectations? Well, maybe I can tell you why.

First, an alfajor is a sort of biscuit or cookie, normally two layers with dulce de leche in between. They exist in different varieties, the main ones are the ones covered with chocolate, and the ones of maizena (of which I prefer the latter).

Now, the first time we saw the Cachafaz brand, we thought it was amusing because of the famous dancer that was called El Cachafaz, and we tried it out. It was delicious. Note that it may take some time getting used to these super dulce delicacies of Argentina. But like with the tango, it is worth the extra time spent.

The interesting turn came when a friend, a porteña, was visiting, and noticed a box of cachafaz alfajores (and conitos) on top of the fridge. She told us that the Havanna alfajores (that are sort of famous) used to taste so much better, until Havanna was sold to new owners about ten-fifteen years ago. The new owners changed the recipe, and the alfajores were never the same again.

Until Cachafaz entered the scene. According to our friend, some of the original owners of Havanna started Cachafaz, using the original recipe of Havanna. Including the maizena variety, which Havanna no longer sells. Needless to say, she agreed that they were delicious, and we had one conito each after our late dinner. Mmmmm.

PS: I couldn’t find much information at the cachafaz website, but this post seems to be consistent with our friend’s story.

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  1. 2009 December 23

    I have to confess, I don’t like Cachafaz alfajores. (Tina ducks behind her chair.) I LOVE alfajores de maizena so I was excited to try Cachafaz when I saw them, but I was disappointed, there’s something weird to me about the dulce de leche they use. I mean I like them, but… eh. I like making them at home myself – always fun and always messy. 🙂

    For store-bought, I DO like Jorgito brand alfajores, found in most supermarkets in BsAs. 🙂

  2. 2009 December 23

    P.S. Conitos always beat out alfajores though! 😀

  3. 2009 December 27

    LOL, that’s quite all right! The Jorgitos used to be my wife’s favorite too, but either our mind is playing us tricks or we can’t find the same kind again.

    Of course, home made are something else — otra cosa. Might come a post about that later.

  4. 2010 January 10

    i thought Havans were great till I tried Cachafaz, and have never looked back. I even brought 3 boxes (24 alfajoreseach) back to melbourne. there is this food/confectionart shop on Maipu 448. and every saturday night, at some point dirung the milonga at Cachirulo (during a tanda that I had no interest in dancing) , i’d go down and buy a couple. YUM! iincidentally, this was the cheapest place to bulk buy from (if my memory serves me correctly it was 38 pesos per 24 peice box – cheaper if you bought more than one box)

  5. 2010 January 10

    Ahhh, I don’t know how many boxes we would have brought back, were it not for the fact that all the nearby shops were SOLD OUT during christmas!

  6. 2010 May 31
    Cristian permalink

    Hi , this alfajor is amazing, I was born in Argentina and live in USA, everytime that my father send me a box of this argentian product, i enjoy it. I find the moment to open it, give the first bite, to taste it. I highly recommend it! Alfajor Cachafaz. Great!! if you try it you know what i am talking about..

    His name is Oscar and he is distributing all the product line, if you want to order give him a call to 15-6141-5914 capital federal.

    Thanks

  7. 2010 June 2

    I wish someone would bring some back for us…

  8. 2012 January 10
    claudia permalink

    I just bought the dark chocolate alfajores from http://www.silvisweets.com. Finally I found them! I am so glad to know that i don’t have to wait for relatives to bring them to me. It just made me feel like I was back home. Just delicious!!

  9. 2012 February 7
    Steph D. permalink

    http://www.amigofoods.com/ <— another place to get 'em

  10. 2013 April 29
    Daisy permalink

    Buena Onda Foods also carries Cachafaz alfajores. They now have Cachafaz dulce de leche, which is pretty amazing too. Check them out at http://www.buenaondafoods.com

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