Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. The state of Puebla recognizes the day but it's not a national holiday throughout Mexico.
The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle Puebla on May 5, 1862. The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had not been defeated in almost 50 years.
While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
This month I had the opportunity join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo at my monthly cooking club and at my daughter's school for Teacher Appreciation week. I made several new recipes in honor of Cinco de Mayo. For the Teacher Appreciation Cinco de Mayo luncheon I made a large fruit platter with fresh pineapple, strawberries and grapes (some bananas would have been good too) and a Mexican Fruit dip along with a chocolate fruit dip.
Mexican Fruit Dip:
- 12 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 jar (7 oz size) marshmallow cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons rum -- optional
- Fruit such as pineapple -- strawberries, banana
Easy Chocolate Fruit Dip: Ingredients:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
- 1 jar marshmallow cream (7 0unces)
Taste Tempter Recipes
My cooking club, Taste Tempters, prepared several yummy Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes in April. The one dish I made was
Head over to Taste Tempters to see all the dishes/recipes we prepared for Cinco de Mayo.
Enjoy & Happy Cinco De Maco!