10 Venezuelan Snacks you Must Not Miss
Many people know Venezuela to be the country with the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls. A lesser-known fact is that Venezuela banned the Simpsons from public television, reasoning that it might be a bad influence on children. It was replaced by…….Baywatch.
However, like many Latin American countries, Venezuela does not shy away from having amazing food. The national dish is arepas, a ground maize dough that can be eaten as a side or used as the breading for a sandwich. But Venezuela also has some pretty great snacks. And as they grow a lot of cocoa, many of their snacks contain chocolate.
Here are 10 Venezuelan snacks you must not miss!
Cri Cri, along with many Venezuelan chocolates, comes from a subsidiary of the Nestle Company called Nestle Savoy, which is Venezuela’s branch of Nestle. They produce a number of chocolates, some of which will be featured on this list.
Cri-Cri is a puffed-rice filled chocolate bar. Similar to Crunch in Canada, but a little thicker and in squares. It’s a sweet, milk chocolate with crispy rice bits that are slightly denser than Rice Crispies. It’s a delicious chocolate bar that is not to be missed.
2. Ping Pong
Ping Pongs are like reverse M&Ms. Also from Nestle Savoy, Ping Pongs are peanuts that have been coated in a hard candy shell, that is then covered in milk chocolate. M&M’s have the chocolate covered by the candy coating. They’re sweet, crunchy, and the perfect movie snack. I could eat them by the handful!
Chocochitas are tiny chocolate chip cookies! They’re not much bigger than a loonie (Canadian dollar coin) and are extremely crispy. They crumble in your mouth a little. If you’ve ever tried Famous Amos cookies, they’re similar in texture.
The tagline for Chocochitas is “The Best Venezuelan Chocolate Chip Cookies”. That’s quite a bold statement. But it’s up to you to decide if it’s true.
The only problem? I’m not sure how to get my hands on every type of Venezuelan chocolate chip cookie to make the comparison. So I may have to take their word for it.
Pirulin is a rolled wafer. A tube of delicious cookie filled with hazelnut chocolate cream. It doesn’t get much better than that. Many cultures have a similar snack. I believe in the USA it’s called Pirouette. So I suppose my next task is to taste both at the same time and decide which I prefer.
Whether it beats the rolled wafer tubes I grew up with or not, it’s undeniable that there’s just something fun about eating a tube-shaped cookie. Even better if you can suck the filling out and use the wafer like a straw. Now that’s perfect.
I’ve heard of Ovaltine. The annoying commercials that used to come on the television with a chorus of squeaky voices begging their mother for “More Ovaltine please!” It’s a malt chocolate drink that has added vitamins like Vitamin B and folic acid. It’s supposedly the “healthier version” of chocolate milk and was originally called Ovomaltine. It still is in Switzerland, where it was born.
It was temporarily banned in Denmark due to the additives in 2011 but returned to the market in 2014.
So I know Ovaltine to be a powdered drink mix, but apparently it comes in other forms. And one of those forms is the Ovolmatina tubes.
These are little tubes that look like toothpaste, or paint, but when squeezed they release a snake of chocolate cream. Malt chocolate cream. It’s like eating spreadable malt balls! (Whoppers/Maltesers) But without the crunch of the cookie centre.
Honestly, nothing sounds better to me right now that squeezing a tube of chocolate into my mouth. Let’s get on that. Pronto.
6. El Rey Chocolates
Another thing I didn’t know before writing this article is that Venezuela is proud of their cocoa beans. Some people even believe that the first-ever cocoa tree grew in Venezuela. How they would figure that out, I have no idea. But hey, I’m no plant expert.
El Rey believes Venezuelan cocoa to be the finest in the world, and they make great use of it. They’re a family-owned business and one of the oldest chocolate companies in the country. They sell a number of handmade and gourmet chocolates that look simply to die for. Their Black Butterfly Mendiant Bars are stunning and come in flavours like Banana Split, Blueberry Lavender, Chili Mango, Cherry Apricot, and Raspberry Rose.
Cocosette is another Nestle Savoy creation. A super long wafer cookie with layers of flavour. Now, seeing “Coco” in the name, I naturally thought, “Ah yes, chocolate!”. But no. I forget that coconut exists.
I’ve had a lot of wafer cookies in my life. Especially the cheap, no-name brand ones we used to buy at Safeway and eat at my grandmother’s house along with Fig Newtons (which I can no longer stomach). The bright pink strawberry wafer cookies and the chocolate ones were clearly the best. The vanilla was okay but only if there was nothing else. We used to try to see who could bite the wafer in such a way that it would pop off the cream filling without breaking. But I’ve never had one that was coconut flavoured.
I love coconut, so I can only imagine loving the Cocosette bar. Though if it was chocolate and coconut? That would be ideal. Good thing they have Cocosette Fudge too!
The Samba is basically a giant version of those wafer cookies I was talking about before. Because, although the original version is strawberry (fresa), it also comes in chocolate. But it’s already coated in milk chocolate as well. I would say it doesn’t get much better than that, but there’s also a Samba hazelnut flavour. And if there’s anything I love more than chocolate, it’s chocolate with hazelnut.
There must be something about wafer bars in Venezuela because a large number of their chocolate-bar-type snacks are wafers. I’m not complaining though. I find that wafers add a lightness that prevents the chocolate from being overpoweringly sweet. A perfect afternoon snack to have with coffee.
Did you guess that perhaps the Susy could be another wafer bar? If so! You’re correct.
At this point, I’m running out of things to write about wafer bars. This one honestly looks to be exactly the same as the Cocosette, except that it has chocolate rather than a coconut cream filling. Which means it’s exactly like a chocolate Samba without the chocolate coating. So a chocolate Cocosette or a naked chocolate Samba.
Honestly, I don’t know why they didn’t just give them all one name and split it into different flavours. Especially when you consider that they’re all from the same company: Nestle Savoy. It’s getting hard to keep track of them all.
Venezuelans seem to love their squeezable tubes of chocolate cream! Nucita is pretty much exactly like the tube of Ovalmaltina with the exception being that the chocolate is milk chocolate rather than malt chocolate. Kind of like a tube of icing. You absolutely could spread this on toast or a cookie, or even plain bread, but I’ve been told that the true Venezuelan way is to just suck the chocolate out of the tube.
I can get behind that!
What’s your favourite Venezuelan snack? When were you last there? Have you ever eaten chocolate straight from a tube? Let us know in the comments!
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