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Here Are 13 colombian snacks People Bring Back After Traveling To Colombia

In addition to souvenirs like keychains, coffee mugs and T-Shirts, something else you can bring back to your family as a gift when you visit Colombia is the country’s signature candy, snacks and beverages, like these that’ll make your mouth water…

1. Bocadillo Veleño

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To satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ll want to snag this guava candy which originates from Vélez, Santander. The candy is packaged in leaves of bijao, which helps conserve the color and taste of the candy.

2. Bon Bon Bum

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Bon Bon Bum is the best lollipop you can find in Colombia. They come in different flavors such as mango, watermelon, grape and maracuyá. And the bonus is each one comes with a bubble gum at the center.

3. Arequipe

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Similar to dulce de leche, arequipe is a sweet caramelized topping that you can smother on anything you’d like.

4. Copelia Cocadas

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These Copelia cocadas are coconut candies that have a mix of caramel.

5. Chocolatina Jet

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If you’re a fan of chocolate, then this chocolatina jet is a must have. It comes in flavors such as milk chocolate, cookies n’ cream, fresa and manzana.

6. Choco Cafe

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This one is for all of the coffee lovers. Choco Cafe are little chocolate covered coffee beans that can serve as a sweet substitute for your coffee.

7. Aguardiente Antioqueño

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Every Colombiano who likes to drink knows exactly what this is. And to give you an idea, Aguardiente Anitoqueño is just as complex as the name itself. Containing 29% alcohol, this bottle consists of anise-flavored liquor which is made from sugar cane.

8. Amor Perfecto Café

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For a pick-me-up in the mornings, this cafecito Colombiano will do the trick. Also referred to as ‘el café de los amantes,’ this coffee is known for its high-quality taste.

9. Diana: Chocolate Colombiano

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Especially delicious during the winter, is this Colombian hot chocolate. This hot chocolate mix comes in the form of a solid bar and has a light cinnamon taste to it.

10. Chocoramo

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Chocoramo is a vanilla flavored cake covered in chocolate. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and it goes great with a cup of milk, coffee or hot chocolate.

11. Ponqué Gala

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Here is another sweet pastry from Colombia that people love. These Ponqué Gala pastelitos come in different flavors such as chocolate, coco, limón, vanilla and mandarina.

12. Margarita: Papas Fritas

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These are the Lay’s chips of Colombia and they come in different flavors such as the ones shown above.

13. Maní Moto

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Here is a Colombian midnight snack you can munch on when you get hungry. Similar to cracker nuts, Maní Moto peanuts have a crunchy outer shell, which is what makes them so delicious.


READ: Abuelita’s Colombian Dichos Every Latino Should Live By


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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

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The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

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♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

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♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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Nicole Chapaval Advocates For More Latinas In Tech Through Teaching App Platzi

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Nicole Chapaval Advocates For More Latinas In Tech Through Teaching App Platzi

The gender disparity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) jobs remains wide in Colombia. As of 2019, Colombian women hold 32.9 percent of all STEM jobs in the country.

Nicole Chapaval, the VP of education at Platzi, wants to get more women into STEM. As someone who found herself in tech, Chapaval understands what it takes for women to break into the industry.

Chapaval’s own passion for computer science started in her youth. Despite wanting her parents’ reservations about her career choice, she went to school to study software engineering.

“I learned how to code with Platzi. I was a student back in 2012 before I worked here,” she told mitú.

Platzi is a professional learning app targeting people ages 22 and older.

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Instructors for the app are teaching livestream courses on programming, marketing, design, and business. The classes are available in English and Spanish.

Chapaval took an interest in content optimization practicing her coding on a personal blog while taking online courses. Starting out as a student advocate, the two founders of Platzi noticed her dedication and started to involve her more in the team.

As Platzi expanded, so did Chapaval’s job description.

Chapaval has been successful in her career. Yet, despite the success, she has seen the gender disparity firsthand. It has only further inspired Chavapal to work to get more women in their tech careers.

“One of my first jobs was in a company that was doing mobile applications and in this company there were 15 male developers and myself,” she says.

Wanting to engage with her male colleagues, Chapaval admitted to feeling weird when her enthusiasm was not reciprocated.

“I was always very extroverted and wanted to meet everyone [but] they didn’t want to talk with me,” she says.

Chapaval teaches 60 percent of computer sciences courses hoping to attract more women to the field.

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“I think that representation is very important. So I try to be very vocal and very present with everything that we do in social media and in content creation,” she says.

Whether it be attending company livestreams or podcasts, it is imperative for Chapaval to have women witness others in the field to show the possibilities they can achieve.

Prideful, she also amplifies the achievements of other Latinas in STEM, like that of Diana Trujillo. Yet, she still expresses a need for more women to get managerial roles.

“I am very proud of Trujillo,” she says. “She’s from my hometown and she was in the NASA project that launched the Perseverance Rover. These kinds of things are great!”

Thirty-six percent of Platzi‘s more than 1 million students are women and it is growing.

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“That’s very low,” she says, “but we doubled that percentage from 2018 so we still have a long way to go.”

A key step needed to attract more students is accessibility, both financially and in content. Platzi, Chapaval mentions, offers free programming courses that aim to be accessible to those with low internet connection in all parts of Colombia and Latin America.

It’s not just about what you are learning as an individual, but also as a team or a group,” she says. “That also adds to the working ecosystem of Latin America.”

Regardless of gender, age, or background, Chapaval believes “education is very important if we want to break these blockers.”

In fact, two crucial skills she believes everyone should know is programming and English. “I like to say that both skills have to do with communications; communication with machines and with other people in the world,” she says.

In a time when remote jobs are pertinent due to the pandemic, having communication skills is a valuable asset for STEM careers in any country.

“Programming should be a basic skill that schools teach as well because it’s not only [beneficial] to be a developer,” Chapaval says. “It helps you understand how to solve problems in a logical way.”

Chapaval is grateful for her personal growth in STEM and hopes that Platzi can help others grow.

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“I hope [students] can create what they dream of with the coding skills that they can get with us and can show it to the world,” she says.

“Latin America is a lovely region and a lot is happening here,” she says. “I hope that if this community can get to know each other and create the next big companies and big solutions for problems that we have right now, I would [be] fulfilled.”

As the gender disparity in STEM slowly expands, Chapaval continues to vouch for women to speak up and push through in the field.

Proudly Chapaval says, “Latinas are very extroverted, and the tech and software engineering world needs more extroverted people [like us] to add to their ecosystem.”

The App Store featured Platzi for Women’s History Month.

Read: She Came As A Teen From Colombia With Only $300 To Her Name, Now She’s a Director For NASA

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