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20 Latino Brands That Are Clearly Superior To All Others

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There are certain brands that you just can’t imagine your life or childhood without. We did some digging on the company’s history and you’ll be surprised to learn which brands are Latino through and through, and which have just been adopted by our culture as our own.

Read on and decide for yourself which products will be a part of your own kids’ childhoods.

1. Goya

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You knew we’d start here. Goya is the largest Latino-owned food company in the United States. Founded by Spanish immigrants, Goya began as a staple in NYC Latino homes in the 1930’s. Now it belongs everywhere.

2. Chupa Chups

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The story goes that Catalonian Enric Bernat knew the world needed a “sweet with a fork” and Chupa Chups were born and are extremely popular in Mexico. So yes, we invented lollipops. Naturally.

3. HERDEZ®

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You can’t live without their Salsa Casera in your pantry and on all your tacos, and that’s because it’s Mexico’s No. 1 salsa brand. Any other brand is just fronting.

4. Pelon Pelo Rico

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Let’s talk candy. Originally from Guadalajara, the brand now exists under the Hershey Company’s Lorena brand, and is like taking a hit of sugar.

5. Marinela’s Gansito

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Founded in Mexico in 1954, the strawberry filled Gansito snack cake was one of the first introduced, and is still the favorite around the US and Latin America. We cannot forget Pingüinos, Choco Roles or Submarinos, though.

6. Fabuloso

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We grew up with the smell of Fabuloso on Saturday mornings, and while it actually isn’t the best cleaner, we’re here for the *smell* of a clean house. Also, it’s impossible to find out who began this brand, but it is now owned by Colgate-Palmolive.

7. Mistolín

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Owned by Dicarina Panamá, this brand is Latino through and through, and there really is no Fabuloso vs Mistolín debate. Your mom uses them both, but probably is all about the pine scent.

8. Modelo

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Grupo Modelo started out in 1925 in Tacuba, Mexico. Today it exports all across the world and also gave us Coronas, Estrellas and Pacífico cervezas. 🙏 🙏 🙏

9. Patrón

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Guys, Patrón has been around long before Pitbull. It was founded in 1492 in Mexico and is a staple in every household.

10. Café Bustelo

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After a night of Patrón, you wake up to Cuban coffee, and it looks like this. Gregorio Menendez Bustelo moved from Cuba to the U.S. in 1917 where he founded the company.

11. Vero Mango

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It’s like a mango covered in Tajín, except it’s actually tamarindo flavored candy covered in Tajín. This is Mexican through and through. #health

12. Tajín

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Speaking of, Empresas Tajín company is based out of Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico and they have replaced table pepper. The spice is una mezcla of chile peppers, lime and salt, basically and it goes on fruit, beer, and like, all your meals.

13. de la Rosa mazapán

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This Mexican brand has been giving us mazapán, japones and pandinos for 70 years now. Mazapán isn’t just for weddings in my house.

14. Juanita’s Foods

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In 1946, George De La Torre and Albert Guerrero established the Harbor Canning Company in California. Just a few years later, they realize that Albert’s wife, Ruth, makes a mean menudo and decide to ship it to supermarkets. Today they are the largest producer of Menudo and their motto is “To enjoy Mexican food is to enjoy life.” Brava.

15. La Victoria

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You lived off this in college. La Victoria is owned by Mexican familia La Bacas, who founded the company in 1917 and aim to keep bringing traditional Mexican flavors to cans and grocery stores nationwide.

16. Beautyblender

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Bet you didn’t know that America’s favorite makeup applicator was founded by celebrity makeup artist Rea Ann Silva. So don’t go for the knock offs and support the badassery of this Mexican, Irish and Portuguese boss.

17. Tres Flores

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Your mom has 100 percent smeared this jasmine and chrysanthemum pomade in your hair before ballet recitals, or you’ve seen your dad use this for the perfect mustache. You’ll be shooketh to learn that this is actually a French brand, and has only been owned by Latino culture.

18. Teta Harper

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Speaking of Latinas owning the beauty game, Teta Harper Skincare is owned by Colombian health advocate, Teta Harper. After her stepfather was diagnosed with skin cancer, she made it her mission to offer people a safer, entirely chemical-free line you can feel good using.

19. Hija de tu Madre

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How can you not support a company that has a bedazzled, sequined Lady of Guadalupe on denim jackets? Owner Patty Delgado uses her brand to create a fashion identity that is uniquely Latinx: “We are ni de aqui, ni de alla.”

P.S.- You’ll find Frida Kahlo denim jackets here, too.

20. Vaporú

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OK, this one isn’t Latino owned, but it’s definitely Latino appropriated. That’s just because we truly see the magical healing properties unlike all these other muggles.

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.

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