Snack Time! These Are the Bites You Can Munch On in Latin America

Have you ever had that crucial moment in the middle of the afternoon when your stomach is growling and you know you need a snack ASAP? The answer is always yes; we've all had it. But your cravings are not the ones you can find in an office vending machine — plain chips are great and all, but they don't compare to a great empanada, a quipe, or even a bag of Takis. It's a fact you and I know to be true: Latin American snacks are just way better. Proof is ahead in our list of the best sweet and salty snacks Latinx love to eat.

Taínos

These cookies are sold all across Latin America and come in different flavors including this vanilla cookie dipped in sprinkles.

Quipes

Quipes are dough filled with ground beef and are usually sold in street stands or bakeries. We suggest adding a touch of hot sauce to make them a bit spicy.

Barrilete

If you're ever in the mood for a soft treat, this taffy will hit all the right spots.

Croquetas

This savory snack is just fried, breaded bits of either ground ham, codfish, or chicken.

Serenata de Amor

It's a Brazilian cashew candy filled with chocolate and "pure love," as the name suggests.

Tequeños

Get ready to say OMG. These fried cheese sticks are addictive. They literally melt in your mouth as you take a bite.

Vero Mango

If you're looking for a touch of sweet and spicy, then this is the snack for you. It's a chili-covered, mango-flavored lollipop.

Choco Break

The best part about this little chocolate treat is that it comes with an array of fillings like strawberry, dulce de leche, and cookie crumbles.

Pão de Queijo

It's literally cheesy bread in the shape of a ball, and it's the fluffiness that we can't get away from. They are sold across Brazil in stands and even some restaurants.

Bon Bon Bum

Sometimes all you need is a lollipop as a snack. This Colombian version comes in different flavors like mango, passion fruit, tangerine, and more.

Empanadas

Empanadas can come with all sorts of fillings (cheese, shrimp, chicken, beef, the sky is the limit!), and that's the best part.

Frunas

We all love Starbursts, but this Latin American version is so much better (sorry, not sorry). These chews come in big packs or are sold individually at bodegas.

Ajonjoli

Ajonjoli is sweet, salty, and crunchy. The bite-size snack is made with sesame seeds and honey.

Papas Rellenas

Balls of mashed potatoes filled with ground beef, onion, chopped olives, and peppers — yep, yep. This is one snack that will fill you up instantly.

Maní Moto

These peanuts are sweet and salty, so they're great for a midday snack.

Takis

These rolled-up tortilla chips come in an array of flavors — and none of them disappoint.

Pinchos

All you have to do is marinate some meat, grill it, and put it on a stick with a slice of bread on top. Yum!