It's almost Halloween — and that means one thing and one thing only: candy! This October 31st, skip the Snickers and indulge on these Latin American candies we grew up eating:
Mexican children know all-too-well the allure of a packet of Duvelin. The candy consists of a small tub of hazelnut and vanilla frosting without all the fuss of candy or cake underneath. (Who needs that stuff anyway?) The package comes complete with the only thing you need to gorge on this sugary treat: a simple, plastic spoon.
2. Jet Chocolate Bars
Colombians will instantly recognize the shiny blue paper and airplane logo that has come to represent Jet Chocolate Bars. What these milk-chocolate bars lack in uniqueness, they make up for in creative marketing. Each Jet bar comes with an individual dinosaur sticker. A lucky few children might even open their package to find a bar shaped like a dinosaur! Amazing.
3. Palito de Coco
Popular in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean islands, Palito de Coco warm your palate with a blend of coconut and caramel flavor. Not sold in traditional stores, these candied coconut ball lollipops can be purchased at neighborhood bodegas or on the street — wrapped in festive cellophane, of course!
Costa Ricans probably remember gulping down Gallito brand snacks as a child, especially the Milán, Guayabita, and Tapita candies — chocolate bars stuffed with small peanuts (or sometimes Oreos.)
5. Alfajores Havanna
A staple in Argentina, flaky alfajores can be stuffed or rolled in all different kinds of jellies, meringues, and candies. Many claim that these taste best stuffed with creamy dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate! Que rico!
6. Doña Pepa
Doña Pepa bars might be uncomplicated, but most Peruvians will tell you that they can be crazy addictive! These simple vanilla cookies get a serious upgrade with a dose of chocolate coating and sprinkles.
Called a Milkybar in Europe, these white chocolate bars go by the name Galak in Ecuador. These creamy, milky, melt-in-your-mouth confections will leave you wanting more.
Beloved Ambrosoli candies hold the top spot in the Chilean candy market — raking in hundreds of millions of dollars per year in the South American country. Upon first taste, you'll understand why Chileans adore these honey, herbal and fruit flavored hard and jelly candies.
9. Canillitas de Leche
These homemade delicacies consist of milk, sugar, cinnamon sticks or honey, and vanilla. Combined, these ingredients form an irrestitible treat.
Dominican kids swear by these sweet treats — a cross between hard candy and a mint. These mentas come in several flavors, but the favorite would have to be mentas verdas (or mentas de guardia.)