You May Know Them As Raspados, But In These Countries, They’re Known As Something Else
If you grew up in an area with an elotero, you know that chasing him down during hot summers often involved buying a different treat: cold, fresh raspados. Raspados are like snow cones, but with extra flavor and personality. However, you wouldn’t ask for a “raspado” if you were in El Salvador or Puerto Rico.
Check out what raspados are known as in these different Latin American countries:
In El Salvador, these shaved ice desserts are known as minutas.
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These Salvadorian minutas are flavored with a variety of fruit syrups, and come with toppings such as tamarind jelly and fruit.
In Puerto Rico, people refer to these shaved ice desserts as piraguas.
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The shaved ice is stacked up like a pyramid and flavored with fruit syrups. The vendors who sell this dessert are known as piragüeros.
In the Dominican Republic, this frozen delight is known as a ‘frio frio‘ or ‘yun yun.’
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Made with a variety of fresh fruits, the syrups for these frio frios are very sweet and delicious.
In Peru, there are two types of these frozen desserts: a raspadilla or a cremolada.
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While the raspadillas have chunks of ice, the cremoladas are more blended, appearing more like a smoothie.
In Brazil, you would refer to these frozen desserts as raspadinhas.
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If you’re a fan of condensed milk, these sweet raspadinhas are definitely for you.
In Colombia, these frozen desserts are referred to as cholados or raspaos.
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These desserts come with a variety of toppings such as fruit, wafer cookies and condensed milk.
In Panamá, these desserts are also known as raspaos.
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What makes these Panamanian raspaos unique is the malt powder they add on top, which includes wheat flour, barley malt and powdered milk.
In Costa Rica, people refer to this dessert as chúrchill.
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This Costa Rican frozen delight does not only come with shaved ice, but with ice cream as well, which is what makes it even tastier.
In Cuba, you would refer to this sweet dessert as a granizado or cepillado.
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The vendors who sell these frozen treats are known as ‘granizaderos,’ and travel with their big blocks of ice and bottles of flavored syrups, which include flavors such as pineapple, strawberry, mint and more.
Annnnd now I’m craving a granizado.