Fatties, the Fifa World Cup has landed in Brazil. From June 12 to July 13 this means a few very great things. Hot men, tonnes of great football/soccer matches, an even livelier Toronto than usual and an excuse to try new foods.
Our research suggests there’s an abundance of awesome Brazilian snack foods out there. These are the ones we’re most excited about eating. Be assured, we’ll be bringing these goodies to the office and smuggling them into pubs.
Let’s divide them into flavour experiences, shall we?
Churros – without a doubt one of the best cultural variations of a donut. These deep fried pastries are long, crunchy and coated in cinnamon sugar. Traditionally, Brazilian churros are filled with dulce de leche (translation: soft caramel goo). Great, we’re already drooling.
Cassava flour cookies – yes, these are prepackaged. But they’re also the airiest cookies you’re ever going to eat. Yummy at breakfast, snack time or with a strong cup of coffee, they’ve got a slightly sweet flavour. Good luck not shoving your face in the bag. And if you teach yourself to make a homemade version, well, it’s game over.
Cocada – coconut cakes, need we say more?
There’s a tonne more sweet Brazilian treats out there. But let’s move on to the savory:
Coxinha – these pear shaped appetizers are friend and filled with shredded chicken and sometimes include a creamy cheese called catipiry. Swoon.
Pão de queijo – Brazilian cheese bread. Slightly crispy on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside. And not an absurd thing to try to make at home. Read the recipe and try to resist running out for the recipes. You will not succeed.
The list goes on and on. Fatties, does Brazil have your attention yet?