8 Chilean Snacks to Try Before You Die
The Republic of Chile (known to most as just Chile) is the world’s narrowest country, though not the longest. It stretches across the south of South America and houses the world’s biggest swimming pool. Chile is a part of the cultural region known as Latin America. Countries in Latin America are well-known for their flavourful foods. Though most of these foods are found within the countries themselves, or must be cooked from scratch, we did manage to collect a few Chilean snacks that you might find in Lider (the Chilean Walmart).
Guaguitas, which translates to “little babies” are a gummy marshmallow treat in the shape of, well, little babies. Like a mix between a marshmallow and a Jelly Baby.
Suny is a light coloured soft candy. These bite-sized pieces of caramel fudge will have you wondering how you went from “I’ll try one” to “They’re all gone” in a matter of minutes.
3. Super 8
Super 8 (Super Ocho) is a chocolate bar sold by Nestle that is quite popular in Chile. This chocolate-covered wafer bar is reminiscent of Canada’s Coffee Crisp, without the coffee flavour. Sold in stores, on street corners, and even delivered to your car via vendors, Super 8’s are a staple Chilean snack.
Another Nestle product home to Chile is the Negrita. The Negrita is a vanilla cream-filled cookie covered in a chocolate coating. It looks very similar to a Tim Tam or Penguin cookie (from Australia and Britain respectively). Each package contains one cookie. Enough for a quick bite.
Despite being a Chilean product, the name Sahne-Nuss comes from the German for Creamy and Nutty, two ways to describe this nut-filled milk chocolate product. When researching this, I solved the McKay-Nestle mystery. The Sahne-Nuss chocolate was originally created by Hucke Hermanos. They were bought out by McKay, who was bought by Nestle, though the McKay name remains on various products. So there’s your Chilean history lesson for the day.
I digress. This milk-chocolate, almond-filled bar is perfect for any of your nutty cravings.
Nestle seems to be swiping up the snack food scene in Chile. Searching criollitas will have you up to your ears in water crackers, but searching criollitas Chile will provide much sweeter results. The company name on these was intriguing to me. I couldn’t find anything on the McKay company, but the treats they make are also branded by Nestle. Perhaps it’s a sub-company owned by Nestle that runs primarily, if not exclusively in Latin America? I may have to do more digging to find out.
Nevertheless, Nestle/McKay’s Criollitas are small vanilla cookies with a dusting of icing sugar. Their tagline is “Mas ricas no hay”: “There is nothing richer.”
Tigreton gets its name from the stripes running through this candy. Unusually flavoured with banana and chocolate, they claim to be great for birthday parties or just to share with friends. But we all know if I get my hands on a bag, there will be little to no sharing going on. There’s also a strawberries and cream flavour.
Cuchufli is a popular snack in Chile and Argentina that I desperately need to get my hands on. A tube of cookie/wafer (similar to that of a waffle cone), often filled with something sweet like dulce de leche (a milk caramel that runs rampant in Latin America), and sometimes covered in chocolate.
Get. In. My. Mouth. Ahora.
To be honest, when it comes to foods, Latin America tends to prefer homemade over-processed. Snacks are bought from carts and bakeries, fresh and hot. Really, that’s the way it should be. But we did manage to find these Chilean snacks that you may just be able to import and enjoy from wherever you live in the world. And remember, if you want to sound authentic, it’s “Chee-lay” not “Chilly”.
Did we miss any pivotal Chilean snacks? Do you have a favourite from this list? Or a country you’d like to see a list for? Let us know in the comments.
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