Ever wondered about the history behind the holiday of May 5th? Have you always thought it was the Mexican Independence Day? Well, it’s not. Cinco de Mayo is in fact a day to commemorate the victory Mexico had over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War of 1862. We know the day to be filled with parades, good food and tons of festive music, when in fact the holiday is a bigger deal in the United State than it is in Mexico. Watch this video through the History Channel, to find out more on how the Mexican army affected U.S. troops with their victory over France.

How will you celebrate this Cinco de Mayo? Here are a couple recipes to keep in mind this evening when celebrating with family and friends.

Chicken Mole Enchiladas

Mole is a traditional Cinco de Mayo dish, as Puebla claims to be the place of origin for the thick, savory and chocolate-tinged sauce. Check out this easy Chicken Mole Enchiladas recipe by Chef Marcela Valladolid from the Food Network:

Tres Leches Cake

This cake is sweet, spongy and a delicious way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. As Tres Leches Cake translates to “three milks cake”, you can expect to use evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream to give this treat the light and airy texture that makes it delicious.

Great Plains Communications wants to wish everyone a happy and safe Cinco de Mayo!

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