14 Latino Brands Latinos Cannot Live Without
Whether it’s abuelita’s favorite or a new found love, there are a handful of Latino brands some of us can’t live without. From makeup to household supplies, these are 14 of our favorite Latino must-have brands.
1. San Marcos
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Our list wouldn’t be complete without our beloved San Marcos cobijas. Original San Marcos blankets were produced from 1976 to 2004 by owners Jesus and Francisco Rivera in their hometown of San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico. Although the company is not technically still up and running, the brand still lives on in just about every Mexican household.
2. Cuaba Soap
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If you’re Dominican, then you know that Cuaba soap is definitely a household staple. Jabon de cuaba is made out of pine resin. It’s not only used for showering but it can also be used to wash dirty laundry.
Although Suavitel is technically an American brand, just about every Latino can identify this scent. This fabric softener is definitely abuela-approved. Plus, it’s perfect for those San Marcos cobijas!
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The Latina-owned brand Beautyblenders is a staple for most Latino and Latina makeup gurus. Owner Rea Ann Silver created the infamous beauty sponge back in 2003 and the rest is history!
Established in 2015, Clandestina became the first Cuban urban fashion brand. They are located in Havana and sell their clothing and accessories globally. In addition to being super trendy, this must-have clothing line prides itself on being pro-zero-waste.
Gruma, aka the mother of all things corn and flour, obviously made our list of favorite brands. Most tamales, quesadillas and tacos, indirectly come from the 79 productions plants Gruma has worldwide.
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As Latinos, Bimbo is part of our childhood, begging our parents to buy us Panques, Mantecadas, Doraditas. The Bimbo brand started over 70 years ago in Mexico City and was made famous for their white bread, toast, and Panques. Now Bimbo is in over 24 countries across the globes.
Takis, Hot Nuts, Dulces Vero, Ricolino… the list goes on and on. We all know that Barcel is the real MVP of Latino brands as far as snacks are concerned.
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With the holiday season in full swing, you know we can’t forget about our favorite hot chocolate brand. There’s a never-ending battle between Abuelita and Ibarra hot chocolate, but we all know who the real winner is here.
Latinos everywhere grew up on Gamesa galletas. Gamesa is Mexico’s largest cookie manufacturer, giving us all of our childhood favorites like Marias, Barras de CoCo, and Arcoiris just to name a few.
12. La Universal
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Speaking of sweet, childhood treats, let’s not forget about La Universal – maker of the Manicho chocolate bars. ¡Delicioso! La Universal is an Ecuadorian company that was founded all the back in 1889 and is recognized throughout Ecuador and Latin America for its 129 years of delicious treats.
Are you thirsty after all this talk about our favorite Latino food brands? Don’t worry because we didn’t forget our favorite meal companion, Jarritos. Jarritos was founded in 1950 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. These popular Mexican sodas have gained worldwide popularity and do not disappoint.
14. Inca Kola
On the topic of delicious sodas, we can’t forget of course this Peruvian favorite, Inca Kola. Inca Kola aka the Golden Kola was created back in 1935 in Peru but are now bottled in the United States. Like their slogan states, it truly is ¡refrescante para todo el mundo!
Whether your favorite Latino brand makes paleta or jewelry, one thing is for certain: Latinos have the best brands hands down. For those who beg to differ, don’t forget we love chanclas too.