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Here Are 13 Antojitos 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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THESE ARE BOMB.

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 Taco Festival In Portland Is Upsetting Latinos With Their Offensive Ads

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A Taco Festival In Portland Is Upsetting Latinos With Their Offensive Ads

This weekend thousands of Portlanders are expected to attend the inaugural installation of a two-day ticketed event dubbed the Portland Taco Festival. For $12-65 dollars, attendees gain entry for the chance to pay for tacos starting at two bucks each with the option of adding passes to the tequila expo. The event doesn’t stop there though.

Organizers decided to take the event a step further by boasting a Chihuahua beauty pageant and the promise of margaritas so good they’ll “remove your sombreros.” And, if that wasn’t enough, those keen on proving just how spicy they are can partake in a hot pepper eating challenge!

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Portland’s messy relationship with food and race spans long before this weekend.

It’s a history so messy, in fact, that an amazing podcast called The Racist Sandwich attempts to unpack it all. When a restaurant called Saffron Colonial opened up in a historically Black Portland neighborhood in 2016, they immediately received backlash for including menu items that glorified colonization and changed their name to British Overseas Restaurant Corporation.

More recently, a burrito pop-up called Kooks decided to shut down after the owners bragged about peeking into windows to steal the tortilla recipes of women in Mexico and they were called out for cultural appropriation.

The Portland Taco Festival ads plastered with hipsters posing behind hard shell taco cutouts and white boys donning Lucha Libre masks are just another example of the Pacific Northwest’s tone-deaf, casual racism.

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As Portland continues to receive due critique for the racism that pierces its liberal façade, it makes perfect sense that a taco festival in this city would opt to cater to the preferences of white folks and forgo respect for the culture which the taco originates from.

Emblazoned in the center of the festival’s logo appears a fiery Chihuahua surrounded with design elements that conjure images of the Aztec calendar to effectively ensure attendees are unable to forget the painfully uncomfortable canine contest.

From the mock Spanish of the Skippyjon Jones children’s book series to the ultra-thirsty Papi in Beverly Hills Chihuahua, this isn’t the first time that Chihuahuas have been co-opted to perpetuate Mexican stereotypes. But since it’s 2017, you’d think the organizers would take notes from the Taco Bell ad campaign that eventually led to a boycott at significant drop of sales and avoid any tiny dog references.

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In an even more confusing mishmash of copy, the festival writes on their Facebook event page, “Far from the standard street fair, we will bring a new creative twist to what a city celebration can be. The modern street taco is really the embodiment of Portland’s melting pot culture. Mexican influences such as Green Chili mixed with metropolitan ideals create the diverse flavor unique to our great city.”

Even if the notion of a melting pot hadn’t been retired for its promotion of assimilation, it’s hard to understand how a Mexican street taco could possibly represent Portland, a city that is 76% white and that continues to push out its people of color—only nine percent of which are Latinx.

While the festival’s bro-y ad campaign and insistence on perpetuating dusty ass Mexican stereotypes was what first caught my attention, further investigation revealed that the festival is actually a “massive fundraiser for an amazing nonprofit program in association with the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, Archetypos Center for Spiritual Healing.” With a mailing address in the state of Colorado, hefty doses of Portland pride are being doled out by festival organizers who appear to live out of state.

On their website, Archetypos is designated as a church organization but they state, “Our mission is to bring people together by looking past the false barriers that separate society such as religion, politics, economics and racial issues. We wish to find common ground on which to build a foundation for the ENLIGHTENED HUMAN CONDITION free from dogmatic exclusion.”

For an organization so apt to write off “racial issues” as false barriers, they sure are quick to reinforce boilerplate representations of Mexican culture in the events they throw. While I reached out to Portland Taco Festival for further information on the organizers, they’ve yet to respond.

On the Portland Taco Festival Facebook page, they continue to hide behind anonymity by avoiding the many commenters requesting clarification on whether or not any Latinx people assisted in organizing.  Judging from the nonresponse and rebuttals from attendees that urge people to focus on “TACOS” and “NOT RACE,” I think we have our answer.

Instead of heading to a festival that promotes sombrero-wearing chihuahuas and features the works of Gringa Loca Art, consider paying a visit to these six tasty Latinx-owned eateries in Portland that don’t require an entrance fee instead.


Emilly Prado is a writer based out of Portland, Oregon, focused on amplifying the voices of marginalized communities in music, art, and activism. You can see more of her published work at www.emillyprado.com

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