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9 Latino-Inspired Products That Are Good, Bad And Weird

If you need any proof that Latinos are influencing American culture more and more, just walk through a major supermarket. Decades ago, you could barely find any traditional Latino products. Now, not only is there usually a Latino product section in the store, some of the most mainstream brands around create products with Latino-influenced flavors, like these:

Limón Pepino Gatorade

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Credit: Gatorade / PepsiCo

If you’re Mexican, you probably grew up drinking agua de pepino with limón. If you were somehow deprived of that agua fresca goodness, you DEFINITELY had a taste of sliced cucumbers with salt, chile y limón. Well, someone at Gatorade found out about this magical combination and created their “Lime Cucumber / Pepino Limón” flavor. It became so popular that a bunch of pepino fiends created a Facebook fan page for it. Maxim even wrote an entire piece about it titled “The Cult of Limon Pepino Gatorade.”

Doritos Dinamita

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Credit: Sabritas / Lay’s

Doritos thought they had the tortilla chip game on lock until Takis came along and left your fingers bright red. Doritos took notice and retaliated with the “Dinamita” line, which features those familiar rolled-up tortilla chips with flavors such as Chile Limón, Fiery Habanero, Mojo Criollo and Nacho Picoso.

Dulce de Leche Cheerios

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Credit: General Mills

Ummm, yes, totally into this. As if Cheerios weren’t already delicious and snack-worthy on their own, that sweet, Argentinian-inspired dulce de leche flavor makes this sound irresistible.

Ruffles Tapatío Chips

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Credit: Sabritas / Lay’s

Latinos have been adding Tapatío and limón to Ruffles (and pretty much any other chip) for decades. In 2011, the folks at Lay’s finally caught on and created Tapatío and limón flavored Ruffles and Doritos. Guess what? That doesn’t stop people from adding even more Tapatío and limón to their Tapatío-flavored chips.

Mini Cinnamon Churros Cereal

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Credit: Post Cereal

When you get the craving for the cinnamon goodness of fried dough, nothing can hold you back from a churro. Especially when you can find ’em for cheap at a local neighborhood spot. Now there’s a cereal version?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! BRB, gotta go clean up my drool.

Lay’s Pico de Gallo Chips

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Credit: Lay’s

This one is a little weird because you’re probably used to eating pico de gallo with tortilla chips. Someone at Lay’s said “F*ck it, let’s try it on potato chips” and, apparently, people love it.

Rockstar Horchata Energy Drink

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Credit: Rockstar

Who asked for an horchata-flavored energy drink? Not you and not us, but someone made it anyway. It’s anyone guess what this tastes like, but it definitely wouldn’t exist without Mexicans.

Bud Light Lime

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Credit: Budweiser

Once again, Mexicans have been drinking beer with lime and salt for DECADES. After years of watching Americans add limes to their Coronas, Bud Light began channeling its own inner-Corona with this lime flavored beer.

Chipotle Wheat Thins

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Credit: Nabisco

At some point in the 2000s, Americans “discovered” chipotle and soon, chipotle-flavored everything became available at your local supermarket. There’s chipotle mayo, chipotle cream cheese, chipotle peanuts, etc. Well, the folks at Nabisco decided to throw a little chipotle on their Wheat Thins to “spice” things up.

Kern’s Agua Fresca In Tamarindo, Jamaica & Limón

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Credit: Kern’s

Kern’s, which makes all sorts of delicious and refreshing juices, was purchased by Mexican company Jumex in 2013. That probably explains their Aguas Frescas line, which boasts three different flavors.

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Snoop Dogg Handed Out Thanksgiving Turkeys To People In Inglewood

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Snoop Dogg Handed Out Thanksgiving Turkeys To People In Inglewood

The holidays are always hard for some families. There is the expense of providing the holiday experience every year. However, this year, with mass layoffs and hardships, Thanksgiving is an extra hard burden on some. Snoop Dogg teamed up with the Chargers and Rams to provide free turkeys to Inglewood residents ahead of Turkey Day. Families lined up to pick up the food at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

Snoop Dogg being Snoop Dogg spent time helping those in need to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Covid-19 has made 2020 the year of hardships and loss. However, the LA Chargers and Rams with the help of Snoop Dogg volunteered to make the holiday a little better for people this year. The rapper and football players gave turkeys to Inglewood residents in need to bring the magic of the holiday to their dinner tables. The food giveaway took place in the SoFi Stadium parking lot. The stadium in Inglewood is the home of the LA Chargers and Rams.

“I love the personal side,” Snoop Dogg told ABC 7. “To be up close and personal; for people to see me, touch me, take pictures with me, to be able to know I really care.”

Families not only got a turkey, but they also got all of the trimmings for a Thanksgiving feast.

Don Lee Farms, the L.A. Regional Food Bank, Pepsi, and Frito-Lay donated the turkeys and fixings for the giveaway. The kind act gave 2,500 Inglewood families a Thanksgiving meal as lockdown orders around the state forced some businesses to close back down. The lingering impact of the Covid outbreak has been devastating for American families exacerbated by the federal government’s failed response to the pandemic.

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to helping people during the holidays.

Snoop Dogg often helps those who need some help during the holidays. He has teamed up with Inglewood before to make sure that families are able to have the Thanksgiving they deserve. This time of year is all about giving and being thankful for what we have and how we can help others. Snoop Dogg is a master of putting to work his compassion for other people.

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These Are The Thanksgiving Thirst Pics Latinos Love To See Every Year

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These Are The Thanksgiving Thirst Pics Latinos Love To See Every Year

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Thanksgiving is literally all about the food. We spend days planning out the menu and creating the most wonderful food experience of the year. For Latinos, the food game is exceptionally strong because we just know how its done.

Panes Con Pavo

Panes con pavo come after Thanksgiving as a delicious way to eat your leftovers. It definitely works. A pan con pavo is that splendid leftover turkey in a sandwich with some homemade salsa, cortido, cucumbers, tomatoes, and anything else you might want to add. You know it’s good if the juices are running down your arm like a po’ boy.

Congri

What seems like a basic dish requires the cooking prowess of an abuela. The way the beans are perfectly seasoned to balance out the rice is something you learn from experience. It’s a delicate balance to really add a layer of flavor to the beans that don’t overpower everything nor do they come up short. The mere image of this dish conjures up the memories of Thanksgivings past, especially for Cubans.

Arroz Con Leche

The smell of cinnamon filling the air is what all holidays are about. Arroz con leche is the quintessential dessert in Latino culture. The creamy goodness of the dairy and rice mixed with some sugar and cinnamon is enough to make you remember all of your fondest childhood memories. You might see this dessert everywhere during the holidays but it does make an occasional appearance throughout the year.

Tamales

There are always too many tamales created during the holidays. The running joke is that you will be eating frozen tamales until the end of summer because of how many your family makes. There is something so enticing about seeing the husk come off a warm tamal, releasing steam into the air. The cornmeal goodness is something no one will ever pass up on.

Tostones

Simple. Bite-size. Tostones are one of the most heavenly foods to come out of Latino culture. The savory plantain dish is a perfect pairing for just about any meal. Photos of the golden fried disks with salt sprinkled over them will make anyone’s mouth water. You can almost hear the crunch of these tostones when you look at the photo.

Pernil

A turkey is cool but a pernil is just… *chef’s kiss.* The crunchy skin of the pork coupled with the garlicky flavor that is infused in the meat is a coupling made from the most divine minds. The exquisite pork dish is a perfect substitute for anyone’s planned turkey on the big day.

Tres Leches Cake

Tres leches cake is another dessert that all Latinos have come to know and love. Who doesn’t enjoy a cake that is both light and fluffy while being sweet and juicy? The tres leches cake is always the most highlighted dessert and it should be. The delicate dessert is the showstopper and that is why it comes after the meal and paired with a nice coffee.

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