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These 20 Delicious Latino Snacks You Need To Be In Your Life Permanently

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Delicious Latino snacks are a part of every one of my childhood memories. There were things I ate and drank that were completely normal to me. As a result, it wasn’t until I went to college and pulled out the Tajín to put on, well, everything that I realized not everyone had the same affinity for tamarind and Tajín as I do. I realized many people had spent their entire lives deprived of the delicious Latino snacks that I’d taken for granted.

The best thing about these delicious snacks is that some are sweet, some are savory and some are most definitely going to have chili and lime but all are going to be uniquely delicious. There are delicious snacks for every craving.

1. Alfajores: Argentina

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Soft, delicate cookies made from cornstarch, Alfajores produce a smooth, satiny texture like no other, creamy dulce de leche fills this tender, crumbly cookie. Roll the edges of the finished cookies in flaked coconut or cover in chocolate for more deliciousness. Alfajores are next level delicious Latino snacks.

2. Yuca Frita: Cuba

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Who needs French fries when we’ve got yuca frita? Just as delicious with half the carbs. Most Colombian restaurants serve yuca frita with salsa rosada or your favorite dipping sauce.

3. Tequeños: Venezuela

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Get ready to say omg. Fried breaded cheese sticks with queso blanco in the middle are tequeños and they are absolutely addictive. They melt in your mouth.

Thanks to their versatility and ability to be eaten for breakfast or served as an appetizer, tequeños qualify as one of the most delicious snacks available.

Tequeños come in various sizes and with a variety of fillings such as bocadillo (guava candy) typical in Venezuela, Colombia and Panamá. In Venezuela, the tequeños are available with chocolate in the middle among other flavors and can be made of plantains or cassava instead of wheat flour.

4. Arepitas con queso: Colombia

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The arepa is a corn cake with a warm cheesy filling popular in Colombia and Venezuela. They were created as a staple of indigenous tribes to the area and the recipe has been passed down through generations. They are incredibly versatile and can be eaten on their own or filled with a number of delicious fillings.

5. Cucumbers with Chile and Lime: Mexico

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Is there any other way to eat cucumbers, aside from with Tajín? I don’t think I ever had a cucumber without chile y limón until I was a grown up. I eat all of my fruits and veggies with chile y limón any chance I get.

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I’m crazy for Tajín, and so are most Mexicans. I grew up putting it on pineapple, watermelon, oranges, cucumbers, mangoes corn and just about anything else you can think of. There is something about the combination of sweet fruit and tangy/sour Tajín that leaves you always wanting more of this delicious Latino snack.

7. Cancha: Peru

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Toasted and salted corn kernels called “canchita” is popular in Peru and Ecuador. Made with a special type of large-kernel corn called maíz chulpe or maíz cancha chulpe, cancha is the perfect snack on the go. The dried kernels are tossed with oil and toasted in a hot skillet until they are browned and puffed. A simple sprinkling of salt and this simple snack is ready to eat. Cancha is served best with ceviche or a cold beer.

8. Tostones: Dominican Republic

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These twice-fried green plantains salted and eaten like potato chips are a very popular snack in the Caribbean. In some regions, it is customary to dip them in mojo (a garlic sauce) or ají, or in Colombia, they are sometimes served with hogao sauce. They are often eaten with a paste-like dip made from black beans in Costa Rica. They are served topped with cheese as an appetizer, or with shrimp ceviche, pulled chicken, or avocado salad in other countries. Any way you eat these delicious snacks they are tasty.

9. Cuchuflíes: Chile

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Chilean “cuchuflíes” are barquillos wafers filled with manjar (dulce de leche). I’ve never had them but I hear that they are out of this world delicious and who doesn’t love dulce de leche?

10. Pupusas: El Salvador

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A traditional Salvadoran dish of a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling like cheese, refried beans, and seasoned pork,. Pupusas typically paired deliciously with curtido and salsa roja. They are meant to be eaten with your hands so have the napkins ready.

11. Cholado de Fruta: Colombia

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Shredded ice with fruit. A cholado is a cross between a frozen dessert, fruit cocktail, and a drink, and derives from El Valle region of Colombia. It is traditionally made with crushed ice, fresh fruit, condensed milk, passion fruit (maracuyá), Colombian blackberry (mora) syrup, and topped with shredded coconut and a maraschino cherry. It’s tangy, sweet, creamy, crunchy, and fruity, all in one spoonful. You can make cholados with any type of fruit you like. The possibilities are endless.

12.Dulzura Borincana’s dulce de coco: Puerto Rico

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This snack is as popular stateside as it is in Puerto Rico. The good news is that it’s not so hard to find and taste for yourself. These coconut treats are flavorful, sweet and chewy. You only need to eat a couple of them to feel completely satisfied.

13. Pulparindo: Mexico

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The first time my girls laid eyes on Pulparindo they thought I was crazy. however, one taste and this deliciously scrumptious snack soon became their favorite thing. Made from the pulp of the tamarind fruit and flavored with sugar, salt, and chili peppers, Pulparindo has everything. It’s simultaneously tart, sweet, salty, and spicy.

14. Mangoneada: Mexico

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Mangoneada, Chamango, is a savory, sweet Mexican fruit drink. Chamoy sauce, mangos, lime juice, and chili powder make up the Mangoneada. A tamarind straw completes the drink. It is the Latino snack that will make you pucker your lips in pure bliss.

15. Mallorcas: Puerto Rico

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Mallorcas are Puerto Rican sweet rolls. Puffy, sweet and soft buns found all over the island. Some people use the mallorca as a sandwich roll for grilled ham and cheese. Consequently, at La Bombonera, purists prefer the coiled bun simply sliced in two, buttered and pressed flat between the hot steel plates of a griddle. Dust with a flurry of confectioners’ sugar..

16. Mamoncillo: multiple regions

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This green tropical fruit known as the mamoncillo is virtually unknown outside of the tropics. Small and green with a salmon-colored soft flesh, the mamoncillo fruit resembles a lime at first glance. However, the soft shell of the mamoncillo fruit easily opens.

Bottom line is that they are delicious and one of the most popular fruits in Latin America. They can be eaten alone or with salt and pepper. While some mamoncillos are sweeter than others, most of them are tart or sour tasting. Often in Mexico, lime juice and chile pair well with the more sour tasting mamoncillos.

17. Serenata de Amor: Brazil

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Aka “love serenade” is a Brazilian cashew candy. It’s a tasty treat filled with crunch, chocolate and lots of love! Serenata de Armor, which means “Serenade of Love” in Portuguese, is regarded by many to be the best Brazilian chocolate of all time. These chocolates have a cream and cashew-nut center, surrounded by crunchy wafers and an outer layer of milk chocolate.

18. Vero Mango: Mexico

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If you’re looking for a touch of sweet and spicy, then this is the snack for you. It’s a chili-covered, mango-flavored lollipop. You will notice that a lot of my favorite Latino snacks from Mexico involve chili, lemon or Tajín.

19. Mani Moto: Colombia

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Want the perfect balance between sweet and salty? Then you need a Mani Moto in your life. The crunchy Colombian snack is a nut within a tasty hardshell and highly addictive. You can’t just eat one of these snacks.

20. Tango: Ecuador

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These sinfully, sweet cream-filled cookies are sold in Ecuador and elsewhere in Latin America. Covered in chocolate or white chocolate, Tango makes your taste buds come alive. Plus, how can you beat a snack that is covered in chocolate? Chocolate is rich in antioxidants that help decrease the risk of heart disease.


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The McDonalds Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina And Here’s How It Got Started

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The McDonalds Happy Meal Was Invented By A Latina And Here’s How It Got Started

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Did you know that the first ever Happy Meal was created by a Latina? That’s right, in the mid-70s when Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño was operating various McDonalds in Guatemala, she invented what she dubbed the “Menu Ronald”. The “Menu Ronald”  was invented to help parents keep their kids satisfied when the family went out to eat. The original “Menu Ronald” included a hamburger, small fries and a small sundae. Naturally, word eventually got back to McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago they decided to adopt the practice as their own. They hired a white American man to develop the idea (and subsequently take credit for it) and voila! The Happy Meal was born.

It’s unfortunate that Fernández de Cofiño’s recognition has been lost to the American public, but it’s still inspiring to know that there were business-minded Latinx people in history whose achievements still impact our lives today. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve decided to celebrate the underrated Latina entrepreneur Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño for the marketing genius that she was. We’ve documented the evolution of Happy Meal toys from the idea’s inception and launch in the 1970s, to its continuing legacy today.

Take a look below for a nostalgic blast from the past!

1. 1979: The Very First Happy Meal

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Although the original concept of the Happy Meal was invented by Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño, the first official launch of the American Happy Meal happened in 1979. However, the gift wasn’t half as elaborate as it was now. According to records the toys were “a McDoodle stencil, a McWrist wallet, an ID bracelet, a puzzle lock, a spinning top or a McDonaldland character-shaped eraser”.

2. 1984: Ronald and The Gang

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McDonalds Happy Meal toys evolved from spinning tops and erasers to more complex toys. Like, the above “Ronald and the Gang” wind-up cars that were defitenly a step-up from McDonald’s earlier toys. They weren’t as sophisticated as the toys would eventually get, though.

3. 1987: Mc-Transformers

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The Transformers/McDonalds mashup was innovative in its day because it was blending the IP of two successful brands. Instead of McDonald’s using its Happy Meal to market other products, it was using its Happy Meal to market other products that were marketing McDonalds. It was a win-win situation.

4. 1988: McNuggets Buddies

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In 1988, McDonalds hadn’t yet started to do marketing tie-ins with kids’ movies. Instead, they had prizes like “McNuggets Buddies”, which were chicken nuggets dressed in various outfits and costumes. This lasted until the mid-90s.

5. 1994: Sonic the Hedgehog

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By the mid-90s, the powers-that-be recognized that there was a lucrative market to tap by using Happy Meals to advertise kid-oriented products directly to kids. It was around this time that the entertainment industry really began to see the potential for promoting movies and TV shows through fast-food chains. And if you look at the advertisement above, the Happy Meal only cost $1.99. Those were the days!

6. 1996: 101 Dalmatians

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Never the one to pass up an opportunity to advertise, Disney quickly hopped on board the McDonalds train as a means to promote their movies. One of the first Disney x Mcdonald’s ventures were the release of literally one-hundred-and-one collectible dalmatian figurines through their Happy Meals.

7. 1997: “Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection”

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Off the success of their 101 Dalmatians toys, Disney and McDonalds continued their partnership by releasing tiny VHS boxes equipped with a a little toy character from the movie. People really began to see collecting fast food toys as a hobby around this time.

8. Mid-90s: “Teenie Babies”

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Even McDonalds wasn’t immune to the Beanie Baby craze that swept the nation in the mid-90s. Convinced that they would one day be worth thousands, collectors flocked to the Golden Arches to get their hands on miniature versions of the popular plush toys. Unfortunately, most of the “Teenie Baby” toys aren’t worth anything these days.

9. 1997-Now: Barbies

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In 1997, McDonald’s started a lucrative partnership with the Barbie line of toys that would last until today. What young girl doesn’t have memories of getting this in their Happy Meal box (whether they liked it or not) while their brother got a Hot Wheels car? It’s safe to say the ’90s weren’t progressive, gender-wise.

10. 2004: Hello Kitty Keychains

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Into the 2000s, McDonald’s took advantage of the Hello Kitty trend by offering plush Hello Kitty key chains in their Happy Meals.

11. 2015: Minion Fever

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Do you remember the time when you couldn’t escape “Despicable Me” minion merchandising, no matter where you went? Well, that included McDonalds. Nowhere was safe.

This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

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This Glass Gem Corn Is Blowing Minds All Over Twitter Right Now And I Want Some ASAP

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.

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