I Miss Those Caserita Croquetas

If you ate croquetas in Miami during the 70s and 80s then you're probably familiar with Caserita and its orange box.

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, and one of the sandwiches that my mom packed for me at least once a week was Croquetas on White Bread with American Cheese & 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, which was present all over my childhood. I thought Caserita was extinct until a recent visit to Publix.

I was perusing through the frozen Croquetas (Catalina, La Fe, Goya, & 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.

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 Croquetapalooza in place of opening up a bottle of wine to celebrate.


They may sit there forever.

What do you guys think?

Comments (1):

  1. Maria Herrera


    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.


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