All three are available at my local mexican market. How are they different?

  • I've wondered this too!
    – FuzzyChef
    Jan 5, 2012 at 6:21
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    Where they're made, I'd guess ;) I had similar issues with sausages in the UK. Apparently every region on the island has its own style of sausage that are vastly different. Jan 5, 2012 at 13:50

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I haven't actually had these creams (I might have to try next time I'm at a Latin grocery), but a little research indicates that Guatemalen cream is something like a hybrid of American style sour cream, and creme fraiche; Honduran cream is saltier, and Salvadoran one is sweeter.

Here's a review.


The primarily difference is where they are made.

But there's also a play on its acidity. Kind of like milk vs. buttermilk or different types of plain yogurt. I always thought of El Salvadorian crema was more acidic for my tastes. I think of Honduran as a less acidic, more creamy taste and I really enjoy it.


I find Salvadoran cream thinner and tastes like a very mild cheese (cheddar?) And Mexican cream is like sour cream only 100 times better. It's thick, made using live cultures like how yogurt is made and had a more profound dour cream flavor. I love both. Salvadoran cream is the best imho. If they are making them in the Mexican market, you should try them!

  • What about Honduran or Guatemalen?
    – Erica
    Dec 22, 2016 at 23:28

I just recently tried crema hondureña in the home of a friend who grew up in Honduras. To me, it has a taste and texture similar to a kind of mild, creamy cheese sauce like the queso dip you might find in some Mexican restaurants. It's delicious! I haven't tried the other countries you mentioned, but I'm familiar with Mexican table cream (almost sweet, pure cream taste), and Mexican sour cream (like American only a smooth, thick liquid and much tastier).


The Salvadoran is to my palate the most flavorful. .but really buy what you like! American sour cream is thicker....I wish I had never purchased the Salvadoran sour cream...as it is all I want now and not as readily available

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    "Buy what you like" - sure, but the point of the question is to find out how they differ without having to buy them all.
    – Cascabel
    Dec 28, 2015 at 19:57

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