Dulce de Leche Cheerios, Girl Scout Cookies, Oral Lube...

​With the planned January rollout of Dulce de Leche Cheerios, ;General Mills will surely lay to rest any lingering doubts any may have about the growing clout of Hispanic consumers in America. The caramelized milk spread has always been popular here in South Florida, but it is slowly showing up on supermarket shelves across the country -- as an exotic flavoring ingredient in ice cream, cookies, and a couple of stranger things.

Samples of the new Cheerios were not sent to New Times, but if we are to believe the editors at Huffington Post, we didn't miss much. "A great substitute for Rice Krispies Treats," said one, who thought they were better suited for dessert. Another was "seriously disappointed" in the "milk caramel loops." The harshest criticism compared it to "butterscotch-flavored fluorine at the dentist."

Here are five more American products, in order of weirdness, that have dulce de leche as the main flavoring ingredient:

5. Häagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche Ice Cream
Dazs was first on deck with the dulce in 1998 (Starbucks came out with a dulce de leche ice cream one year later). "Caramel and sweet cream, with ribbons of golden caramel" is how the description goes. It may very well be the only successful item on this list -- meaning it tastes good and puts the dulce de leche in a good light (although honestly, I haven't tried the lipstick or the lube).

4. Starbucks Dulce de Leche Latte and Dulce de Leche Frappuccino
It took 18 months to "perfect", but in April of 2007, the coffee giant released its two new dulce drinks. "Topped with whipped cream and a dusting of toffee sprinkles, Starbucks' version of this traditional delicacy is a luxurious tasty treat." Meh. It's alright, but the leche flavoring tastes artificial.



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