Brazil: 3 snacks you have to try

Raising a little Brazilian abroad is not an easy task. While you want your kid to adapt to life away from home you also want her to stay connected to the good things from your country… and for us that connecting “bridge” is food. Here are 3 snacks (I still don’t think that’s the best way to describe them) that you should try if you ever go to Brazil:

1. Brigadeiros and Beijinhos: think of simmering a whole can of condensed milk, butter and either cocoa powder or shredded coconut for around 30 minutes (stirring non-stop), then grease your hands with butter, roll them on chocolate sprinkles or granulated sugar (yes, sugar) and serve them at birthday parties, as a treat for good behavior or just because you felt like something sweet. People here in Canada that have tried said these treats are rich… and delicious! Try them and see it for yourself! 😉

The ones in the back are "Beijinhos" and they are the ones made with shredded coconut; the ones in the front are the "Brigadeiros"... Yummy!
The ones in the back are “Beijinhos” and they are the ones made with shredded coconut; the ones in the front are the “Brigadeiros”… Yummy!

2. Coxinha: Coxinhas are one of our fantastic deep-fried delights! Their filing is made of shredded stir fried chicken breast with your choice of tomatoes, parsley, olives… They are also popular at birthday parties, as an end of day snack, as an appetizer for your happy hour (yes, people wash this down with beer) or for whatever reason you see fit.

No explanation needed! It is so good, the picture does not do it justice.
No explanation needed! It is so good, the picture does not do it justice.

3. Pastel: Think about the ultimate street market food! This is the kid of deep fried goodness we can have either in the morning, washed down with a good old black coffee or a “café com leite” (latte), or also as a birthday party treat, as an appetizer or anywhere, really. But seriously, you just can’t go to Brazil and not try this.

While the best ones are the ones you buy on street markets, some food courts do a decent job, too!
While the best ones are the ones you buy on street markets, some food courts do a decent job, too!

While I realize people reading this may think we don’t like to eat healthy food in Brazil, this is just a sneak peak in what I call “indulgence culinary” of my home country. We tend to eat a lot of healthy foods in Brazil but we also do indulge every once in a while!

I will be posting more on the “Brazil” series as I hope to provide information about the country from the perspective of a native. While I recognize the country has its issues, it is also a place where any outsider feels welcome – and where it pays off to know a few things before you go to maximize the positive aspects of your trip. Stay tuned!

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