Two Things You Might Not Find In The USA

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.



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