Friday, January 30, 2009

Bon Bons and Alfajores

I am not sure I've really mentioned this in previous blog posts, but for those who don't know, I spent most of my childhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I would have to say the 5 years I lived there were the happiest and most carefree that I ever really felt. Life in Latin America is so different from here, people are carefree, and take the time to really enjoy life and It always felt like everybody was family. In a effort to keep my mind off the rough week i've had, one night, sitting at work at 3:00am, I thought about times that made me happy and things that make me feel good. By now you should know one of those things is food. I thought about when I was a kid and eating on my favorite snacks in Argentina and how I missed those things: Alfajores, BonBons, and drinking Guarana. After a little Google-ing, I found Amigo Foods. They are a company in Miami carrying all types of Latin America foods from different countries with a assortments ranging from snacks, desserts, sauces, and beverages. It has been so long, I was wondering if they still carried the same brands I used to eat. Fortunately the bonbon brands that I loved still is one of the most popular ones, so they had those. Unfortunately though, my favorite Alfajores brand(Blanco y Negro) no longer makes them. Now before I go any further, for those who don't know:


'An alfajor (Spanish, in IPA: [alfa'xoɾ]; plural alfajores) is a traditional cookie of Argentina, found also in some regions of Spain and in countries of Latin America like Mexico, Uruguay and Perú. Its basic form consists of two round sweet biscuits joined together with dulce de leche or jam and covered with powdered sugar. In most alfajores there are two layers of cake, and a filling in between.

Though the food has been popular in Argentina and Uruguay since the mid 19th century, it has its roots in the Middle East. The name alfajor is derived from Arabic ﺍلفﺸﺮ IPA: [alfaˈʃur], which means "stuffed" or "filled". The archetypal alfajor entered Iberia during the period of al-Andalus.'

Garoto BonBon:

'Cashew-nut creme filled chocolate balls with a crispy wafer center'

Though not a instant gratification method, I inpulsively ordered two boxes of alfajores(one chocolate covered, and one white choloate covered) and A box of Garoto Bonbons. Three days later they were here O_o. Now it seems a lot has now built up around these little desserts. I was really hoping that I hadn't all just made this up in my juvenile brain, and I would appreciate all this as much as I did 15 years ago. Alas....I was right :) ***heavenly music***

Thank you Mr.UPS man, You have made me a happier girl today.


kiwi said...

Those descriptions and pictures make them seem very tasty!! I'm glad you could think of and find the things that could make you a bit happier. :D

Sending read confirmation using Outlook via Gmail said...

You beat me to it....was gonna order them from there along with some guarana