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The Sweet Celaya

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The Sweet Celaya

Celaya, Gto. Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  For work reasons, after a few years we returned to Celaya.  In our free time, we had the opportunity to stroll through its beautiful historic center.  Besides the Ball of Water (the icon of the city), we visited the Main Garden, the City Hall, the portals, the Column of Independence and the Temple of Carmen, among other places of interest. Of course, we did not leave without taking with us a ration of cajeta, the typical sweet of this place.

The word Celaya comes from the Basque language.  It means "flat land", referring to the plain surface of the Mexican Bajio where it is where located.  The town was founded on October 12, 1572.  Its principal economic activities are mainly industry, trade and services.  The Ball of Water is the icon and most important monument of the city.  From 1908 until today, it continues to distribute water to most of the urban center.

The Cajeta of Celaya is a milk sweet produced from the combination of boiled goat milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  It is still prepared in the traditional manner, just like it was done in the Colonial Era.  The difference is that it is now stored in glass containers, but it can also be found in various colored plastic containers.  In 2010, the Cajeta was named "The Mexican Bicentennial dessert".  It is delicious!  Isn’t it?

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