Caserita Delivery Truck

When I was growing up in Westchester (aka the Cuban hub), there was always a couple of boxes of Caserita croquetas in my family’s freezer.

I went to Rockway Elementary School for my first 7 years of education. One of the sandwiches that my mom packed for me at least once a week was croquetas on white bread with American cheese & yellow mustard.

Whenever I opened up that lunchbox, I was smacked in the face by that lovely fried croqueta in confined quarters smell. I would always squish the sandwich so that the croqueta innards would hang out slightly from the bread; those became the starters for the meal.

My love and obsession for croquetas can be traced back to that orange Caserita box. It was present all over my childhood. I thought Caserita was extinct until a recent visit to Publix.

I was perusing through the frozen croquetas (Brands like Catalina, Goya, La Fe, & Sembrador) when much to my surprise there was a Caserita croqueta box.

The familiar Caserita logo was on it but the box was much smaller than the standardized croqueta box everyone uses (including Caserita back in the day). I bought it without a second thought of course.

A recent Caserita box
My recent Caserita box

It’s been in my freezer for a few days now, but I haven’t built up the courage to fry them and see what they taste like. I’m kinda afraid it will change my thoughts on something that I remember so fondly.

I’ve even considered frying them up the day after one of my Croquetapalooza events in place of opening up a bottle of sangria to celebrate.

OR

They may sit there forever.

What would you do?

UPDATE: The Caserita brand is now owned by Goya Foods.

CASERITA NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

Caserita Croquetas Ad
Croquetas Ad from El Miami Herald 10-27-77
Caserita Tamales Ad
Tamales Ad from El Miami Herald_ 10-27-77
Caserita Company Sold in the Miami Herald 11-30-88
Company Sold in the Miami Herald 11-30-88
Caserita Sales Manager Ad from the Miami Herald 12-26-88
Sales Manager Ad from the Miami Herald 12-26-88
Caserita Co-Founder Passes Away in The Miami Herald 3-19-15
Caserita Co-Founder Passes Away in The Miami Herald 3-19-15

5 Comments

  1. Bumped into this post and immediately had croquet flashback moment. Exactly the way I remember it too. I too would ponder to open or not to open….I also have the same feeling for tamales.

    1. i could smell my mom frying up croqueatas on Sunday Morning as I read this!

  2. Great article! Although I do love and miss croquetas i unfortunately never tried Caserita.

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