Latin Twist: Brazilian Candy


After sharing these Brazilian treats with many, and receiving a “Wow! I didn’t realize you could buy this in Westchester” I want to tell you, my friends, that there is a little Brazil right near us…and it’s got so much to offer, including Brazilian candy!

But first, let’s talk food gifts. Mis queridos amigos, if you’re reading this, you’re obviously a food fan AND you’d like to continue to expand your food horizons.  Now stay with me here as I transition to the gift bit.

Mousse de maracuya close up

We’re in the whirlwind of the holidays. You probably have some people on your “list” for whom you’d like to buy a small but well-selected gift. Something nice, and somewhat different or even exotic (can I say foreign yet familiar?!), but something you know will be enjoyed. and Brazilian candy fits that bill. Chewy, fruity and or chocolately, toffee-coated, and filled with flavors ranging from passion fruit to lime,  these Brazilian candies lucen muy bien, look good, and taste good, too. Of course these features have made them favorites of my family and friends.

How you present them is also a fun challenge. Here I’m displaying these shimmery packets in a terracotta bowl with an equally shimmery purple ribbon. You can certainly fine some fun boxes or some clear bags (Party Central) and tie them with your favorite-colored ribbons!


Mousse de Maracya

So your next question might be: And where do I find these treats? Well, one place is on Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon–at Siminho’s Meat Market.

Siminho Meat MarketActually, you’ll find a wide variety of Brazilian treats, including other sweets and a great assortment of teas, and much more!  (And here are some more food gift ideas ideas from our Liz Johnson!)

Next week I’m going to share some recipes  for some lovely Latin-style holiday cocktails! In the meantime, ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!


About Author

Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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