One of the heartiest and heaviest snacks in Colombia, the Papa Rellena – or Stuffed Potato – pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin! It’s a potato dough stuffed with meat, onions, a whole boiled egg and various spices, before being deep-fried and served up whole. It’s delicious with spicy aji sauce.
Bocadillo (con queso)
This typical Colombian snack is made of guava pulp and panela, which is mixed together to form a guava jelly and sold in small cubes wrapped in banana leaves (making for a conveniently biodegradable packaging as well) – the paste is often accompanied with cheese.
Achiras are tasty little cheesy biscuits (yep, Colombians do love cheesy snacks!) which are traditionally made in the department of Huila (which is also the best place to try them). Made with the eponymous achira flour, the snacks are moulded into little biscuits and then baked.
A traditional coconut candy which is popular throughout Latin America, the cocada is made with eggs and shredded coconut and served at room temperature to ensure their typical chewy texture. There are hundreds of different local recipes, and you often see Cocadas on sale in the street, freshly made and served from large baking trays, particularly on the coast.
Obleas are basically thin wafers with a generous smearing of arequipe paste in the middle, often served accompanied with extra toppings like jam, sprinkles, or condensed milk. They are a hugely popular street snack, so much so that Mick Jagger even sampled one when he visited Bogota!
Colombia has some of the most delicious and diverse fruit in the world, and a cup of fruit is a popular and healthy snack, commonly seen for sale from street-stalls in the morning as people head to work. You can accompany it with condensed milk, cheese, and many other toppings, or keep it au-naturel for maximum health points!
Colombian fruit makes the perfect snack
Colombian-style hot dogs
A Colombian hot dog is a glorious lesson in excess, and they are massively popular as street snacks, particularly later at night when people leave bars and clubs and want a drunken snack. They are topped with up to five types of sauces – including pink sauce and pineapple sauce – and served with onions, cheese, crushed-up potato chips, and even a quail’s egg!
These baked pastries come in a variety of styles and are great snacks which people often enjoy with a coffee between meals. The most popular are stuffed with meat or chicken, but there are sweet ones that come with guava paste or arequipe as well. As with many of the above snacks, any bakery will serve pasteles.