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Foodies Freebie: September 2015 Wallpaper Collection

Happy Independence month Guatemala! We are so proud to be part of a country that stands up against the corruption and impunity of its leaders in a peaceful and meaningful way, as it was on the National Strike of August 27th 2015, where more than 100,000 Guatemalans united their voices.  To read more about what’s going on in Guatemala, you can head over to this community post on BuzzFeed, written by Krista Lehnhoff (niece of our friend Ma. Andrea, who we interviewed a few months ago!).

Now, since our Independence Day is on September 15th, we decided to make a fun month out of it! First, make everyone’s mouth water by showing some of the best candy we have to offer. To make it easier, we are doing it by number:


  1. Bolitas de Miel: Honey-based hard candy, they come in golden-yellow (original) and red.
  2. Colochos: Chewy guava candy, with a touch of cinnamon.
  3. Cocada Blanca: Bar-like goodie, made with shredded coconut and condensed milk. Decorated with a raisin on top.
  4. Pepitoria: Our version of a non-healthy granola bar: pumpkin seeds and plenty of caramel.
  5. Cocadas: A baked version, that makes a cookie-like treat. Made out of coconut, eggs and sugar.
  6. Hojuelas: Deep fried and fragile Rosettes, covered in sugar.
  7. Tamarindo: Also called Bolitas de Tamarindo, made out of sugar and tamarind.
  8. Mazapán con Canela: Almond and powder sugar based candy, with cinnamon. They can also come in the shape of little squares.
  9. Canillitas de Leche: These milk and sugar based candies are the sweetest and the most iconic sweet in Guatemala.
  10. Chocolate de Tableta: Following the footsteps the popularity of the Canillitas de Leche, this chocolate is made by toasting cacao beans, then they are peeled and ground, after,  the paste is mixed with cinnamon, sugar or almonds. We have different types of Chocolate combinations, depending on the region they prepare it in.

We hope you liked our little 101 of Guatemalan treats and candy, and grab these free downloads for your computer, tablet or phone. Oh, and stay tuned for this month’s recipes, as we will be sharing Guatemalan and Guatemalan inspired recipes all throughout the month!

Helga & Kitty


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Plantain “Rellenitos”

Rellenitos de Plátano are a staple in our local cooking. They are made out of mashed cooked plantains, stuffed with sweetened refried beans. They are shaped into ovals or balls, fried, and then sprinkled with sugar and sometimes drizzled with cream. This is one of the ways we enjoy plantains in Guatemala and since they are easy and inexpensive to make, it is quite common to find them at markets, parks, fairs, restaurants and our grandmother’s kitchens.

As with all local dishes, there are a few variations when it comes to adding ingredients to the sweetened refried bean mixture. Since this is our independence month, I wanted to try making rellenitos myself so we could share the recipe with all of you and add it to our Guatemalan Recipes Collection. I also wanted to try the variation of adding unsweetened cocoa to the bean mixture, I think it would give it more depth of flavor.  If I had made these for myself, I would have added some cayenne pepper to the bean mixture too, if you like food with a little kick… by all means try adding a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper.  Be careful, this stuff can be very hot!


Rellenitos de Platano

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Corn Atole (Sweet Corn and Milk Beverage)

This is one of the most popular beverages in Guatemala, and it can be made with yellow or white corn.  I learned how to make it using yellow corn, and you can choose to make it either with water or with milk.  I prefer to prepare it with milk, because it gets a more consistent and creamy texture, but it is up to you.   When you reach step 5 of the procedure, it is important that you stir the mixture all the time, otherwise it can curdle.

For those of you who are not familiar with corn atole, this is a traditional Central American hot beverage made from corn that is blended (raw) with a little water or milk, and then cooked with some sugar an cinnamon until it thickens up, resulting in a silky smooth beverage.  In Guatemala we especially like to drink this in the “cold” months at the end of the year.  We would love to hear about you trying our recipe!


Corn Atole (sweet corn and milk beverage)

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