For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – PETA Latino is celebrating the businesses that are meeting the booming demand for delicious vegan fare with brand-new awards for the Top Vegan Postres (desserts) in the U.S., and the winners range from creative Cuban cuisine in Miami to sumptuous chocolate-covered snack cakes in Phoenix:
- The sweet plantains—fried to perfection and served with cilantro and aioli—at Bar Bombón (Philadelphia)
- The arroz con dulce, a traditional Mexican crowd-pleaser, flavored with cinnamon and topped with raisins at Phatties (Escondido, California)
- The summery, flaky guava cheese pastelitos, a modern twist on a family recipe at Señoreata (Yucca Valley, California)
- The colorful conchas adorned with a crumbly seashell design at Soy Concha Bakery (Santa Ana, California)
- The Vegansitos (or vegan Gansitos)—a Mexican-style Twinkie filled with sweet cream and strawberry jelly, covered with chocolate, and topped with rainbow sprinkles—at The Wild Rabbit (Phoenix)
- The flavorful, guava-filled empanadas at Toluca Bakery and Cafe (Toluca Lake, California)
- The fluffy vegan torrejas (French toast) with fresh berries from Vegan Cuban Cuisine (Miami), which started as a modest family kitchen
- The festive coquito—a creamy drink loaded with coconut and spiced with vanilla and cinnamon—at YUMZ Vegan Bakery & Café (Salt Lake City), known for its Mexican and Caribbean flavors
“From bright, citrusy pastries to decadent rice puddings, there’s an abundance of Latine-inspired sweet treats that are also sweet to hens and cows,” says PETA Latino Associate Director of Communications Alicia Aguayo. “All of PETA Latino’s winners are putting an animal-friendly vegan twist on the traditional Latin recipes we all love.”
Consumers’ demand for vegan food—out of concern for animals, the environment, and their own health—has sent the vegan food market skyrocketing: It grew two and a half times faster in 2021 than it did between 2018 and 2020, and it’s expected to reach $22 billion by 2025. Vegan eating is increasing in Latin communities—roughly 8% of people in Latin America are embracing meat-free dining. And in Mexico, as much as 20% of the population is vegan or vegetarian.
PETA Latino—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETALatino.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.