Guatemalan Granizadas or Shaved Ice Snack
Granizadas is the Guatemalan Spanish word for shaved ice snacks. Basically, you take shaved or crushed ice and add any combination of the following: syrups, fruits, condensed milk, cooked fruits and their syrups, tamarind, camote (sweet potatoes), nance (sweet yellow cherry), just to name a few of the possible ingredients for the sweet granizadas; you add pepitoria molida (ground pumpkin seeds), salt and lime-lemon juice for the salty granizadas.
In the picture above, you get two see a sweet and salty granizada. The sweet granizada has several syrups and cooked camote with its syrup as toppings.
As you begin to see, the combination of pepitoria molida, salt, ground red hot chili peppers and lemon juice is used very often in many Guatemalan snacks.
Granizadas is all the Spanish term for hailstorm.
In 2006 I showed a colorful street vendor cart of granizadas, can you tell me what was the message written on the front of the granizadas cart? The first person who post when and what does it says in the cart, wins a 10,000 LACA miles. 😉
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