Now as a Caucasian American in Pennsylvania, I don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo (though I did take Spanish in high school and college). But since most Hispanic Americans are Mexican and we have a lot of Hispanics in this country, I can’t really avoid doing a treat post on it. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican equivalent to the 4th of July. Rather it’s more like Mexican Saint Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated by Mexican Americans as a day of pride for their ethnic heritage. But instead of pertaining to religious connotations, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the anniversary of a famous Mexican battle in which their forces defeated the French on May 5, 1862. Of course, it didn’t stop the French from taking over Mexico and installing an Austrian prince as a puppet ruler under the title, “Emperor of Mexico.” But the Mexicans later fight back to regain their independence, have the Mexican puppet emperor killed, which would later drive his wife crazy (and being a sister of Belgium’s King Leopold II certainly didn’t help). Nevertheless, many people in the American Southwest who aren’t Mexican tend to celebrate this holiday as an excuse to party and to go wasting away again in Margaritaville. Still, it tends to be celebrated in places like Canada, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, France, and Japan. Again, don’t ask me why. So for your Cinco de Mayo party, here are some ideas for treats for your reading pleasure.
1. No Cinco de Mayo fiesta is complete without pinata cookies with M&Ms in store.
Of course, how they keep the M&Ms in there without melting, I don’t know. Then again, some must have. Still, you have to break them open.
2. Nothing celebrates one’s Mexican heritage more than a Rice Krispie treat of the Mexican flag.
Of course, I can’t do a post on treats for occasions without having a few made from Rice Krispies. They’re just pretty unavoidable.
3. Top off your Cinco de Mayo festivities with the ultimate smash pinata cake.
Of course, you wouldn’t be able to get away with these kinds of cakes during the Cinco de Mayo festivities at the penitentiary. Especially if the authorities will suspect that something’s in them.
4. Since you’ll probably have tacos during the Cinco de Mayo fiesta, may I suggest these would make a perfect dessert.
Now these are taco cookies, which most likely contain peanut butter, icing, and sprinkles. Well, as far as I can see. Still, at one angle, it’s easy to mistake them for the real thing.
5. You couldn’t ask for a better Cinco de Mayo treat than pretzel candies of Saguaro Cacti.
Unlike real cacti, these candies won’t make you bleed when you touch them. But they won’t help you survive if you’re stuck in the desert.
6. Nothing shows off Mexican pride more than a sandwich of the Mexican flag.
Well, it had stuff sticking out of it so I guess it’s a sandwich. Also, it’s on a plate. Nevertheless, it’s covered with guacamole, cream cheese, refried beans, and salsa.
7. Por los ninos, you can’t go wrong with these Mexican sombrero guys cake pops.
Of course, don’t use them to imitate the banditos from Treasure of the Sierra Madre, especially in front of your Mexican friends. Then again, when it gets to that point, you’d probably been drinking too many Margaritas anyway.
8. To go with the Mexican flag Rice Krispie treats, a Rice Krispie sombrero will do.
As if you can’t come up with more ideas for Rice Krispies, there comes a sombrero made of these. It’s like Rice Krispies are the cooking medium for the repressed art majors.
9. Nothing makes a Cinco de Mayo fiesta than topping it off with a sombrero cake.
Now this is an intricate cake probably made at a bakery. But it’ll do nicely. Still, I wonder if they use the same shape for a Pilgrim hat around Thanksgiving.
10. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Frida Kahlo cake pops.
Yes, she had a mustache. But compared to her husband Diego Rivera, she looked like a supermodel. And she was his 3rd wife. But the story of this couple is another matter altogether.
11. Nothing celebrates Mexican heritage than a cake containing everything we associate Mexico with.
Then again, everything on this cake you can associate with the American Southwest. Except that you take the sombrero and serape and replace it with cowboy stuff. Then again, you don’t see a Margarita glass.
12. To go with your Cinco de Mayo cakes, here are some Cinco de Mayo cookies.
Now these cookies are of May 5th, pinatas, Mesoamerican temple art, cacti, maracas, chili peppers, limes, Our Lady of Guadelupe, and Corona. And I identified all that without consulting Wikipedia.
13. For your sombrero cake, these sombrero cupcakes will go well perfectly.
Either these are sombreros or they are the kind of Mexicanized version of the hat you’d see the one guy wear in Curious George. But at least they’re chocolate as far as I’m concerned.
14. Bring some spice into your life this Cinco de Mayo with these nacho bowl cupcakes.
Now they almost resemble the real thing until you get a closer look. The nachos are cookies while the cheese is icing, the salsa is jelly, and jalapenos are candy.
15. I’m sure the little ninos in your life will love these Cinco de Mayo kitties in sombreros.
Yes, they may be made from cookies, candy, and marshmallows. But even I have to admit that they’re so adorable.
16. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican flag dip tray, as far as I know.
Well, this consists of guacamole, sour cream, and tomato. Probably should’ve went with salsa but hey, I didn’t come up with the recipe.
17. To give your Cinco de Mayo fiesta an extra spike, go with this cactus cake.
Unlike real cacti, this won’t actually hurt anyone nor will it keep you from dying of dehydration. But it does have a pretty flower.
18. To dance the night away, you can’t go wrong with these edible maracas.
Unfortunately, they’re filled with Nerd candies which don’t taste very good. May I suggest M&Ms instead?
19. For your hungry ninos, these sombrero candies make great party favors.
Now this is topped with gum drops. But I’m not sure about what kind of sheet you’d need for the brim part though. Still, pretty cute if I do say so myself.
20. So if you’re having tacos for dinner on Cinco de Mayo, why not have them for dessert, too?
Now these consists of a chocolate covered waffle cone taco shell with ice cream, chocolate syrup, and M&Ms. All in all, this is a a taco sundae all smothered in chocolate. Yum!
21. I’m sure your little ninos will have fun with these chili pepper treats on a stick.
Now these are adorable, especially the one with the little sombrero. Still, I’m sure they aren’t made of peppers though. But I like them anyway.
22. Don’t like Margaritas, then fill Margarita glasses with candy and cupcakes.
Now that I think about it, I kind of like these Margaritas better than the real thing. Of course, I’d fill them with peanut M&Ms though.
23. Seems like your little muchachos will love these Mexican man cookie sandwiches on sticks.
Of course, remind them that they can’t use these to act out derogatory Mexican stereotypes as one may see from Treasure of the Sierra Madre. That, or the Frito Bandito.
24. For your nino’s Cinco de Mayo dinner, you might want to go with this tortilla sandwich.
Now this has tortilla with fried rice, carrots, beans and sour cream. Nevertheless, it’s a better looking specimen than anything I would do in art class.
25. For a real fiesta, these sombrero cookies will work wonders for Cinco de Mayo.
Yes, these are cookies. And yes, the mound is covered in layers of multicolored icing. Still, they’re a sight to behold. Bet they taste delicious.
26. Go for a cold one this Cinco de Mayo with these Mexican flag popsicles.
Of course, if you have some left over, you can always save them for celebrating one’s Italian heritage by passing off as Italian flag popsicles. Works much easier that way.
27. These cacti cupcakes will have your fiesta guests prickly for more.
Sure they may seem spikey but they won’t hurt you except when it comes to possibly putting you at risk for diabetes. Nevertheless, at least they’re chocolate.
28. Make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta complete with this Mexican flag veggie tray.
Now these consist of pea pods, red peppers, cheese sticks, and cherry tomatoes. So it’s not quite like a veggie tray but close.
29. Bring the fiesta spirit to your Cinco de Mayo party with these Margarita cake pops.
Let’s hope they have a chocolate filling and aren’t too salty. Then again, I could be wrong here. But I wonder if they’re for people under 21.
30. I’m sure these Mexican flag jalapeno peppers will make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta a certified hit.
Well, they may be covered in icing and sugar. But at least they have some nutritional value compared to other treats on this post.
31. Nothing makes your Cinco de Mayo fiesta memorable than these cupcakes of all things Mexico.
These consist of sombreros, serape,s and the Mexican flag. But they all seem intricately decorated with layers of icing.
32. These beautiful fiesta dress cupcakes will make your fiesta a sight to behold.
Not sure about the pattern for these dresses. But they’re nevertheless so beautiful that you’d wonder whether it would be right to eat them.
33. Of course, you can’t have a Cinco de Mayo fiesta without these Mexican sun cookies.
Now these seem to be well above my artistic talents. Yet, the are nevertheless beautiful. They also have, “ole” written in a way that resembles a face.
34. Your Cinco de Mayo fiesta won’t get into the true spirit of Mexico unless it has a cake like its flag.
Now I’m sure you can’t eat the decal of the eagle with the snake. Yet, it very much gets into the Mexican spirit indeed.
35. If you can have tacos during meals, why not on cupcakes?
Now these are made from cookies, candies, and icing to put them together. But the cupcakes themselves are vanilla.
36. If you can eat tacos for dinner and lunch, you can have them for breakfast.
Now these are fruit tacos that contain almost any fruit you can think of. But they probably have more nutritional value than anything you’d find at Taco Bell.
37. Seems like these taco cookies can’t wait to be eaten.
Yes, they are smiling. Yes, they are taco cookies. And yes, they are adorable. Need I say more.
38. I’m sure these pinata cookies are just waiting to be broken. But good luck with getting candy out of them.
Now these are simply adorable that even their noses are smiley faces. Of course, it’s kind of weird but what the hell.
39. M&Ms are certainly great when it comes to decorating maraca cookies.
And I hope they have M&Ms inside them, too. Or I will be very angry if I don’t see them after breaking one open.
40. You heard about Margaritas. Now here’s some Margarita cupcakes.
Sure they may be bigger than regular cupcakes since you put them in Margarita glasses. Yet, the fact these aren’t chocolate is kind of disappointing to say the least.
41. Now these cupcakes are supposed to be of nachos in guacamole.
I’m sure the guacamole is made from green icing and sprinkles. And the pot is made from chocolate cake. But these look delicious.
42. On Cinco de Mayo, some cookies may be of basic Mexican concepts. Others can be quite intricate to say the least.
Now these are certainly beyond my level of artistry which is pretty low to begin with. Nevertheless, they are incredibly beautiful and probably decorated by repressed art majors.
43. Celebrate your Cinco de Mayo with these pinata cupcakes.
Now these may be covered with icing and not have anything in them. But they’re adorable. And they’re chocolate, too.
44. Nothing says Cinco de Mayo than these meringue cacti cookies.
Yes, these are saguaro cacti with flowers on them. But they won’t make you bleed when you touch them or rehydrate you in the desert.
45. Get in the Mexican spirit of Cinco de Mayo with these pinata jello shots.
Of course, a word of caution here. Just because they’re jello and in bright colors, doesn’t mean they’re for kids. In fact, they may contain alcohol, which means they aren’t suitable for anyone under 21.
46. Who says you need ice cream to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with cones?
Now these are cupcakes that contain yellow cake with rice cakes and ice cream cones. But they’re nevertheless cute by any means.
47. Make your Cinco de Mayo memorable with this cactus Rice Krispie treat on a stick.
It may not be as much help to you in the desert. But it’s so cute by any means. Also, I love its little sombrero hat.
48. Have your little ninos wake up this Cinco de Mayo to this pancake maracas hombre in his sombrero.
Most of this consists of pancakes and bacon, especially his bacon mustache. But it’s still quite adorable.
49. Taco cupcakes? How about taco cookies?
For once, I’d almost mistake these for the real thing due to how they photographed this. But these would go great with topping any cupcakes since they consist of cookie, sprinkles, and icing.
50. For those who don’t like taco cookies, try some tostada cookies instead.
As far as I know, the main difference between a tostada and a taco is that you eat one of them with a fork. Still, quite impressive if I do say so myself.