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24 Times That Prove Latinos Just Don’t Do Basic Snacks

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Whoever said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day clearly hasn’t snacked like a Latino. Latinos go beyond the basic snacks and make sure they eat the best stuff they can even if it’s something they’re eating in the car on the way to work. Whether it’s something as simple as fruit or as complicated as bionicos, Latinos have the best snacks. It is all about the preparation and pairing of different ingredients to really make the most basic snack pop.

1. Elote con Papitas

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Corn may be a vegetable but this is a vegetable you’ll be excited to eat. I would’ve never thought to mix a vegetable with Hot Cheetos dust and limon but it is delicious. This snack offers the perfect balance of a serving of vegetable and a bag of chips.

2. Sandia Loca

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Speaking of eating enough vegetables, fruit is another important food group. Sandia is perfect for the hot summer months but even then, we know better than to just eat boring, plain sandia. You just have to kick it up.

3. Chamoy Manzana

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Caramel apple who? There’s no reason to cover an apple in caramel when you can coat it in chamoy and tamarindo. Not only does it look really interesting, it tastes even better.

4. Concha Ice Cream Sandwich

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There’s no need to sandwich ice cream in between two boring cookies when you can use a fresh, sweet concha. The cocha even makes this messy snack easier to eat by soaking up any melted ice cream. This also proves that we are even able to upgrade our own snacks because everything is a starter kit.

5. Churros with Ice Cream

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You’ve heard of ice cream with conchas, now get ready for ice cream with churros. Dipping your churro in chocolate is so two thousand and late, try dipping your churro in ice cream. If your snack still needs a bit of color, try having your churro covered in fruity pebbles.

6. Mango Flower

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Let’s be real, if anyone’s getting me flowers, I hope they get me mango flowers. By simply slicing and throwing on some chile y limon, Latinos elevate this fruit into a snacking essential. *drools profusely*

7. Paletas

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If you love popsicles, try paletas made from real fruit. You won’t need to be convinced when you see fruit chunks in every bite. If fresa isn’t your flavor, they come in any flavor you could ever want. Seriously. You can even get yourself a tequila flavored paleta if you want.

8. Bionicos

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This one is basically a salad, right? With all that fruit, granola, and coconut it’s almost too healthy! But if we’re staying healthy, we’ll just pretend that it’s not covered in condensed milk.

9. Pepino Loco

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If the sandia loca is too crazy to cut into, try the pepino loco. As you can see, loco is a common way to describe these snacks because they are crazy good. Swap out the sandia base with a pepino and it’s the perfect size for you to eat on the go.

10. Mango Loco

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There are so many crazy snacks but this one is a gateway to the mangonada you’ll see later on. The mango loco has all the fruit we love from the sandia and pepino loco but if you’d prefer ice cream, you’ll love the mangonada.

11. Esquite

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This snack is a variation of the elote we saw earlier and the hearts on top show just how much everyone loves esquite. Everyone loves elote but esquite makes it that much easier to eat by getting rid of the corn cob for you. If you ever chase after any man, it should only be an elote man.

If you’ve loved the elotes you’ve seen here, you should check out the unicorn elote.

12. Mangonada

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A minimalist version of the mango loco. The mangonada is a refreshing sorbet that does away with any unnecessary garnishings. All of the flavor, none of the fluff. Just because something is simple does not mean that is is basic.

13. Raspado

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Even simpler than a mangonada is a raspado. I’ve been eating these since before I even knew what shaved ice was. Make sure you ask for a straw so you can drink any juice that melts because it is so delicious you won’t want to waste a single drop.

14. Jello

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If you’ve been to a Latino party, you’ve had a rainbow jello. This jello offers up the best of every flavor by mixing them all together and making it even sweeter by throwing in condensed milk.

15. Platano Frito

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Whoever said “everything tastes better fried” was right. Frying platanos is easy enough that anyone can and will do it once they’ve tasted this sweet snack. This is just one of those things the is not too overpowering in flavor but perfectly seasoned to let you taste the fruit’s natural flavor.

16. Carne Asada Fries

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Carne asada fries are the perfect comfort food. You can keep the boring fries and ketchup. The cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, and chile add so much depth that this snack just gets better and better with every bite.

17. Quesadillas

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Quesadillas might not be filling enough to be a meal but it is a great and easy snack to make. All you have to do is throw on some cheese and anything else you want. For a quesadilla like the one in this photo, try throwing in some red peppers and to really wow your instagram followers, throw in a side of carrots.

18. Buñuelos

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What’s the perfect blend of platanos fritos, and churros? Buñuelos. Buñuelos give you the crispy bite of a platano with the sweet cinnamon flavor of a churro. Like a churro, don’t be afraid to dip this in your ice cream.

19. Tostilocos

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Tostilocos are a classic snack full of crunch. Each bite can be exactly what you want when your Tostinos are covered in peanuts, tamarindo, chile, limon, and maybe even some cueritos or mango.

20. Agua Fresca

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Pressed juice? Never heard of it. Agua fresca is the originally juice. You know summer’s right around the corner when you see giant jugs of juice at the store. With so many classic flavors, everyone can find at least one (or five) agua frescas that they love.

21. Obleas

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An oblea may just be a basic wafer but the snack doesn’t end there. This oblea is covered in peaches but you can make an oblea sandwich with anything you’d like. Another popular way to eat obleas is with a lot of cajeta in between both wafers.

21. Papas Rellenas

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You are what you eat and these papas rellenas are so good that by the time I’m done eating them, I’m the stuffed potato. The ones in this photo are stuffed with meat, spices, and a bit of chile that gives it that bit of kick we’re all looking for.

22. Hot Cheetos con Queso

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I don’t know who thought to mix Hot Cheetos with cheese but they are are definitely a Latino. Cheese makes almost everything taste better and you will not regret trying these cheesy Hot Cheetos snacks.

23. Empanadas

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Empanadas are like giant papas rellenas and they are just as irresistible. Be careful when you first try this snack because you might become obsessed. I could eat empanadas everyday and never get tired of them.

24. Pepino con Tajín y Limon

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Pepino con Tajín y limon is a classic. This really is one of the easiest snacks to make but even then, you won’t have to because your friends will be dying to make it for you once you make them try it.

Glass Gem Corn Is Getting A Lot Of Love After A Man Tweeted His First Harvest Of The Season

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Glass Gem Corn Is Getting A Lot Of Love After A Man Tweeted His First Harvest Of The Season

While the Internet might call it “Ghey Corn,” this rainbow-colored corn variety is officially dubbed Glass Gem corn. Not only are there a rainbow of colorful kernels, but they’re also shiny, prompting the ‘Glass’ description. The person responsible for our new favorite, gay-friendly corn is a man by the name of Carl Barnes, who passed in 2016. Barnes enjoyed his life in Oklahoma and cultivated his own personal seed bank passed down from his Cherokee ancestors. Barnes chose to save and replant the seeds from the cobs with the most color, and eventually developed strains of vibrant corn.

One day, Barnes decided to move and asked his friend, Greg Schoen, to protect the seeds. Schoen grew a small handful of the seeds and was shocked when he peeled back the corn stalk to reveal rows and rows of shiny, rainbow-colored corn. Schoen was so excited, he posted the image to his Facebook, and it promptly went viral. Soon, the two cultivated enough seeds to sell online, and people around the country have grown gorgeous varieties.

Green thumbs around the world bought satchels of the precious seed and the following season, were “blown away.”

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While Schoen may have initiated the first viral sensation over Glass Gem corn in 2012, Ameet Pinto’s viral post has become Mother Nature’s best queer bait yet. With over 7k likes, “I STAN GAY CORN” is the most liked comment. Then, “Taste the rainbow.” 

Some people literally cannot believe this is corn, accusing Pinto of creating a jelly bean cob.

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“Those are just jellybeans ur not foolin me!!!!!” commented one unbeliever. Someone else seems to think that a profitable venture would be to sell the kernels as jelly beans as a scam. Still, others are bringing the negativity to this rainbow party, assuming that because the cob looks different from the mono-crop, that it must be a GMO frankencorn. “Glad to see people trying to live in Chernobyl,” tweets one disbelieving Shane. 

Glass Gem corn is not a GMO crop.

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In fact, this variety likely healthier than the corn you might buy at a store, which may have been genetically modified rather than artificially selected. Barnes artificially selected the prettiest corn from his crop and decided to grow from those seeds the following year.

When folks hear the story of Carl Barnes, it just adds a whole new depth to the color.

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“Fun fact about these is that they were discovered by a dude who was half-Cherokee and he started growing a sh**load of different corn types to reconnect with his heritage,” tweeted one person. As Barnes was artificially selecting which corn kernels he’d store as seeds for the next year, he grew closer with his Cherokee heritage.

For those of you expecting rainbow colored popcorn, don’t.

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All that’s left of the kernel when you pop the corn is usually that brown kernel skin that gets stuck in your teeth. In the case of Glass Gem corn, you can sort of make out the varying colors of popped kernels, but the popcorn itself is the same color as regular Joe Schmoe popcorn.

The Glass Gem corn isn’t that sweet.

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According to Pinto, the corn isn’t sweet like yellow corn, so it doesn’t make for good fresh esquites or elotes. All popcorn comes from different varieties of corn that you have to dehydrate to turn into cornmeal or popcorn. “We’ll be eating some colorful popcorn this winter,” Ameet tweeted.

There’s even a Facebook group for Glass Gem growers to share their growing tips and cooking tips.

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In case you were wondering, the Facebook group “Glass Gem Corn” says you can prepare creamy Glass Gem polenta by following these instructions: “Pour into a shallow pan to cool. Cut into squares and lightly brown in a sauté pan.” We don’t know how you do it but keep on making gay polenta, please.

All in all, the Internet is pretty a-maize-d by the gay corn.

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“Corn says lgbtq rights,” tweeted one stan. We’re with them. This is one of those moments that we’re allowed to be in wonder over how indigenous folks cultivate the land.

READ: Oaxaca Is Mexico’s Cultural Capital And Home To Its Largest Indigenous Communities, Here’s What You Need To Know

PSA: Here Is How You Can Pit An Avocado And Not Give Yourself Avocado Hand

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PSA: Here Is How You Can Pit An Avocado And Not Give Yourself Avocado Hand

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So yes, there have been multiple reports of people injuring their hands while trying to cut and remove the pits of avocados. But this should not keep us away from one of the Latin American fruits par excellence. The avocado tree probably has its origin in South Central Mexico. In strict terms, the avocado is a berry with a very large pit in the middle. 

Avocado is one of the great gifts of the Americas to the world, as commercial production has expanded all throughout the world. The tree benefits from war, Mediterranean climates and thrives in semiarid landscapes. In Australia, for example, avocado, locally known as simply “avo” is perhaps the most popular fruit. Avo on toast is a staple in cafes and homes all through the country. 

However, the expansion of avocado has also brought some minor tragedies with it due to the lack of experience that some home cooks have in the arts of fruit chopping.

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Yes, we are actually not kidding: avocado slicing has spilled more blood than a serial killer in a slasher film!

A nicely sliced avocado has got to be one of the most beautiful sights on planet Earth! We understand why people want to get it just right. 

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Seriously. This fleshy fruit gives us beautiful hues of green when opened and its firm meat allows us to shape in in all kinds of interesting ways. Close your eyed and imagine a bowl of perfect avocado cubes… you will smell a fresh tortilla heating on the comal. Taquito de aguacate, anyone?

So first things first: the infamous “Avocado Hand.”

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This seems to be a sort of accidental outbreak of lack of common sense among gringos worldwide (and by gringos we also mean British, Canadian, Australian and European folk). According to Food & Wine, “approximately 8,900 emergency room visits in 2018 could be directly tied to avocados”. That is like a small town of people running around the kitchen like headless chickens holding a paper towel to their hands and screaming “Oh-My-God” while shedding a tear. 

And no, it is not an urban legend, Avocado Hand actually exists.

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So contrary to, say, apples, avocados have a soft skin and soft flesh. And contrary to, say, watermelon, they do not have a hard bit to get through. Some people underestimate how easily the knife will cut through the flesh and end up putting too much pressure on the knife while keeping their palms or fingers directly opposite. The result: blades penetrate through human flesh, savaging skin and painting a symphony of crimson pain. But avocado is soft and cuts easily, and everyone should know that. In Mexico, the government once financed a campaign to promote avocado consumption, and called the fruit “the butter of vegetables”. 

Some people are just displaying their injuries like war wounds to be proud of

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In this day and age of selfies and a sometimes unhealthy obsession with self-branding, some are actually publishing photos of their avocado hands as if they were a badge of honor. Seriously, ladies and dudes, no one wants to see those stitches and gooey stuff coming out of your fingers, especially not on a closeup. Please just don’t! 

And even get tattoos to celebrate the accident.

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Well, we actually have to admit this one is pretty funny and kinda cool. We love the minimalist outline and the dramatic nature of this skin art piece. It is Shakespearean and hipster in equal measures. 

So avocado hand pins are a thing, apparently.

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Do you know how Boy and Girl Scouts wear all sorts of badges on their uniforms to celebrate their achievements? Well, if you had an avocado hand incident and for some reason, you are proud of it, you can wear this pin. Alternatively, you could also wear it as a reminder of your encounter with the cuchillo, so you remember to be very careful when cutting and pitting a delicious avocado. 

Use a spoon, people.

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So here’s the deal. Using a knife to take the seed out might look cool, but it is not for everyone. Do it safely and please use a spoon and just scoop the seed out. You might lose some of the flesh, but that’s OK (better than losing a finger). 

This technique is for expert knife-handlers only, so don’t attempt at home. Frankly, this is a show off technique for mamones.

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Seriously, this technique is a bit silly even for experienced cooks. 

If you are feeling creative, pixelate your avocado.

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One of the newest hipster trends in the cafe industry is to serve pixelated avocados, which basically look like this. Just use an extremely thin and sharp knife, place the avocado on board, get your fingers away from the bottom of the fruit and cut it in cubes, little by little, stopping just before you hit the skin. The results are fun and give us una onda de los ochentas

And some people take their carving obsession to the extreme: introducing avocado art.

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Just wow. This is already an Instagram trend and features some pretty dedicated avocado lovers. The fruit gets all-black quickly after being cut open when exposed to room temperature, so the most experiences avocado carvers perfect their skills in walk-in fridges. Yes, it is pretty, but with all due respect, it is also a little pointless. 

But if you think you just can’t slice an avocado without injuring yourself, you can get one of these contraptions.

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If you have to trust or faith in your abilities, you can buy one of these plastic utensils that cut, slice and pit avocados in a safe, child-friendly way. No blades or pointy ends to be scared of! No one if judging if you get one! This is actually a good tool to get the chamaquitos to help in the kitchen. Guacamole para todos!

But always remember avocados are not to blame.

As they say, don’t shoot the messenger. The humble avocado is just the conduit through which an entire generation of foodies has come to the realization that they suck at handling knives. We also have to be aware of the fact that thousands of farmers and workers depend on avocado crops. In the state of Michoacan, in central Mexico, many families survive working in big avocado plantations. This state has been ravaged by cartel-related violence and the avocado industry is one of the few stable sectors in the industry. So think twice before affecting the industry. 

By the way, the word avocado comes from aguacate, which comes from an indigenous word that means testicles… you are welcome.

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Yes, the English word avocado comes from the Spanish aguacate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl. This word, you guessed it, means “testicle”. This is probably due to the likeness of the fruit and the male body part. We dare you to eat your next avocado and not think about this. Smashed avocado, compadres? Ouch!

READ: Avocado Hand Is Sending People To The ER In Record Numbers And Abuelas Everywhere Are Left Asking Why