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Haiti Sweets Dous Macoss or Makos

Photos of a sweet candy sold in Haiti. One of the many reasons I stopped in Petit-Goave for three nights was to find Dous Macoss. I never found them, even though the Lonely Planet guidebook said they sold them in every shop, I must have had my blinders on.

When I exchanged buses at Leogane on the way to Port-au-Prince, I spied this boy holding a big bundle of what looks like saltwater taffy.

I pushed my money out the window, paid 25 Gourde for a small piece, probably paid too much, however, I was in a hurry. Then the boy decides to be a tourist, he wanted to look at a foreigner, he came on the bus, then I was lucky and he posed for a photo.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Ayiti - Monday, November 23, 2009
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The LP writer calls this Dous Macoss, but there are probably many types. “Dous,” means sweet in some language, I am not sure, maybe Creole or French, nonetheless it means sweet.

I request a rather educated man, the one looking over the right shoulder of the sale boy above to write down the name, he wrote,
With the accent on the o, which tends to mess up on internet pages.

The Creole language has to be the most pigeon language on the planet, I feel there is little agreement on spelling, more or less sound it out, and that works. They do not speak French, often want to speak Spanish with me, but in the end, we understand each other.

Not sure how they made it, however it was not complicated. Maybe they mixed up sugar and some flour, if lucky some milk, but I think not. Then made into a dough, made a square, then cut off slices. It is good, I see many people carrying sweets on their heads, mostly something with peanuts in it, they do not look delicious, and so I have not tried.

This is very powdered sugar like in texture, it crumbles easy.

I paid 25 Gourde, anyone know the correct price?

Haiti Sweets Dous Macoss or Makos