Regular readers may be aware that I’m not a big fan of super-sweet things. I do like chocolate (I’m not completely crazy), but the really sweet things like Brigadeiro are a little too much for me.
With that in mind, it may come as a surprise to hear that I rather like today’s Brazilian brand.
Name: Paçoquita (‘passo-KEE-ta’)
Product: Paçoca (‘pa-SOCK-a’).
Description: First let me explain that Paçoca is the generic name for a super-sweet, crumbly sweet made from ground peanuts, sugar and salt (and sometimes that Brazilian favourite, sweetened condensed milk). Paçoquita is surely the best known brand of paçoca. The website is slightly vague about when the Paçoquita brand was established, but it looks to have been someone in the 1980s. Today they are commonly found in a small basket or bowl next to the cash register in Kilo restaurants, gas stations and Casas de Sucos (juice bars). The bright yellow, matchbox sized brick has striking red lettering with a chirpy looking peanut man on the side.
Verdict: As I said in the introduction, I quite like Paçoquita. The combination of sweet and salty flavours works well. I can’t really tell you if it’s good or bad compared to other brands of Paçoca as I haven’t tried (or even seen) any other brands.
What I can tell you is that while one is delicious, attempting to eat a second will probably make you feel sick. As for the little peanut man character, I rather liked him until I saw this, surely the most annoying advert in the world:
This makes me want to stamp on happy Senhor Amendoim…
The Paçoquita website includes a “Recipes” section with ideas like crumbling the peanutty goodness over ice-cream – sounds pretty good right? However, for a product clearly aimed at l kids, I was surprised to find a recipe for a Paçoquita Batida that they call Batiquita:
Place the following ingredients in a blender: 1 can of condensed milk, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of cachaça, 12 ice cubes, 4 Paçoquitas. Blend it up then drink it down! Hmmm, maybe I’ll try it this weekend – look out Rio!