Just because you can’t be in Brazil for the Oympics doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of what it’s like to watch the games up close. Here, eight ways to experience Brazilian flavors—snacks, sweets, booze—right in your own living room. Better yet, they make a perfect hostess gift for any games-watching get togethers you might be headed to this month.
These popular desserts, often served at celebrations in Brazil and Portugal, are decadent chocolate fudge balls coated in colorful sprinkles. Though brigadeiros sometimes come in ice cream form, they're more commonly made with condensed milk. This online bakeshop combines flavors from peanut butter to lemon with the chocolate, and sells the sweets by the half-dozen.
Pao de Queijo
Careful, these fluffy little cheese puffs can become addictive, but they make the perfect TV-watching snack. Find American versions at upscale supermarkets, or buy a bag of Brazilian-made puffs online.
This stuff is terrific when spread on toast, or you can serve it alongside cheese, or simmer it with rum, soy sauce, and lime for a tangy-sweet marinade. Once you grab a block of this Brazilian staple, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Give your morning a Brazilian boost with a cup of this full, bodied dark roast with notes of fermented fruit. Note: This is considered the most popular brand in a country of 200 million people, so you’ll want to give it a try.
Even if you're not usually a soda person, it's worth indulging in a can of this Brazilian soft drink. It's made from the guarana fruit and has a light, not-too-sweet flavor reminiscent of apple.
This salty cheese, kind of a cross between halloumi and cheese curds in flavor and texture, would be tasty enough just sliced up and paired with crackers. But you can also put the cheese on a stick and throw it on the grill for a minute, to add a touch of smokiness.
If you want to toast the first big American win, here's the bottle to do it with. Distilled from unrefined sugar cane, cachaça is used to make Brazil's national cocktail, the caipirinha, with sugar and lime in an old-fashioned glass. Bonus: This is one Brazilian product you can typically find at your local liquor store.
Try the World Brazil Box
For a small sampling of some of the best sweet and savory snacks, staples, and spices the South American country has to offer, go for this eight-item box from Try the World. Highlights include a jam made from Brazil's unique Jabuticaba berry, plus Brazil nut cookies and a Churrasco spice mix you can use as a meat rub or to mix into salad dressing. The monthly box subscription service shipped out to members as the July selection, but non-members can purchase the Brazil box separately as of August.
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