Day 132: Snacks

Today for a playdate, I decided to bring some weird interesting Brazilians snacks to share, just like a Brazilian. Ok, maybe a Brazilian wouldn’t show up with this stuff, but let’s go with it… here is what was on the list:

chips de mandioca (yes, more mandioca)

doce de abóbora (pumpkin candy)

doce de batata doce (sweet potato candy)

Colorful and yummy looking, right? Wrong.

Usually when I try something new in Brazil I’m surprised by how much I like it. But not today.

The mandioca chips were good. Light and crunchy with little to no oil. Delicious. But that’s where the fun end.

Doce de abóbora? Ack. Yuck. Pumpkin mush with a little sugar. Picture scraping out the insides of a pumpkin and mixing some sweetened coconut flakes in it. As gross as you imagine. OK, obviously someone out there likes these because if there wasn’t a market for it, it would not be in the grocery store. But not for me. (Ack.)

Doce de batata doce? It is like eating mashed potatoes rolled in something mildy sweet and sticky. Not horrible, but not good either (to me). Another incomprehensible acquired taste.

Next time I think I’ll stick with pão de quiejo. Even brigadeiro would be a better option.


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16 Responses to Day 132: Snacks

  1. Karina says:

    The doce de batata doce and the doce de abóbora are like old-fashioned snacks, my grandma loves them. Whenever I ate, they remind me of childhood.
    Have you tried the paçocas/paçoquinhas (paçoca rolha is the best), doce de amendoim (gibi was a slang from my childhood for that)? There is also the pé-de-moleque (very common during the festa junina). Well, a bunch of sweet things for people with sweet tooth :).
    Whenever you visit the state of Minas Gerais, you have to try those compotas, like the green papaya, ambrosia. Just watch your sugar levels :).

    • I’ll definitely try your recommendations – putting it on the list. I hope I didn’t insult your grandmother (or you). I’m sure the grape jelly and liverwurst sandwiches that my grandmother loved would make most Brazilians, and your grandmother, (and most Americans for that matter) gag.

      • Karina says:

        Ha, don’t worry :). Once in US I saw a co-worker eating a grape jelly and tuna sandwich and I wasn’t very pleased either :).
        If you like cakes, I have a very easy recipe, “pão de ló de laranja”, it was my professor’s favorite. He and his family would call it the “coconut cake”, here is the recipe:

        4 eggs (egg white in foam)
        2 cups of sugar
        2 cups of flour
        1 cup or orange juice (fresh)
        1 table spoon of baking powder
        1 can of Leite Condensado
        1 can of coconut milk (same amount of Leite Condensado)
        1 Pack of grated coconut (Coco ralado)

        Pre heat the oven at 350 F. In a bowl, beat the egg white to create the foam. Add the egg yolks, the sugar, the flour, the orange juice and mix. Add the baking powder and mix well. Transfer to the cake pan and bake for +/- 40 min. To check if it is baked, use a stick or a fork.
        When the cake is already baked, but still hot, use a fork or a stick to prick the cake.

        Mix the Leite Condensado with the same amount of coconut milk and add to the cake (just after you prick it, it has to be hot). As soon as the cake absorbs the mix, just throw the coconut over it. Store in the fridge.

  2. Eri says:

    Alguns doces de abóbora são deliciosos, outros horriveis. Infelizmente esse que você comprou parece que esta na categoria dos horriveis 🙂 . Se você ainda tiver curiosidade tente comprar um artesanal … você pode encontrar em uma padaria… só pra você ter certeza que não gostou mesmo.
    Agora doce de batata roxa é uma coisa que eu nunca suportei, mas tem muita gente que adora.

  3. I love those mandioca chips, specially with mustard.
    You wrote cheese in Portuguese exactly like a Paulistanno would pronounce it (quiejo); however the spelling is actually “queijo” (yes: I’m on geek patrol).
    Now you’ve left me wondering if a queijo, mandioca and mustard combo would go down smooth . . .

  4. Andrew Francis says:

    Actually, abobora is more like a squash. Pumpkin is usually called moranga (not to be confused with morango – strawberry).

    Gritty, I think your ears are playing tricks on you. Or maybe “Paulistannos” (with two Ns) are from another city where they actually talk like that… 😛

  5. Pingback: Update: Abóbora Doce is Delicious | born again brazilian

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