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.