When I grew up, sweet granizadas, shaved ice, were the only choice. Sweet Guatemalan granizadas were simply prepared by adding watery food-coloring syrups. Nowadays, sweet granizadas are very complex, with all kinds of marmalades, syrups and condensed milk added as toppings. There are also now salty granizadas available as well. Salty granizadas usually have crushed pumpkin roasted seeds, chile powder, lime juice and salt. Of course, there are also michelada granizadas and ceviche tasting granizadas on the salty side. In other words, salty granizadas are as complex and in demand as the sweet granizadas.
What’s your favourite Guatemalan granizada?
Here’s “El Pájaro Sobreviviente (2005)” documentary film about the life and art of Arnoldo Ramírez Amaya, also known as the Tecolote by filmmaker Luis Urrutia.
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