Although many of the chain restaurants and department stores have made the world smaller and less interesting, happily there are still differences to be found between countries and cultures.
Today I will show you two Colombian products. I don’t recall seeing them on the shelves of the "international foods" aisle at Cub Foods or Rainbow Foods in Minnesota, but things may have changed in the last year.
Arequipe is a soft caramelized milk spread. Some people buy obleas from women selling the spread on waffle-textured wafers. Others just eat it straight out of the small container with the miniature spoon provided. My students gave us 3 – 1.76 oz cups to try yesterday afternoon. This particular brand was flavored with 100% Colombian coffee. The website lists other suggestions for use.
PONY Malta, because of it’s packaging, looks like beer, no? I suppose it might also taste like beer, but it is a non-alcoholic beverage. Actually, the label says that it has nutrients. They advertise it as a healthy drink. What are those nutrients? niacin, riboflavin and thiamin.