Guatemalans like their snacks (my kinda people). Sweet, salty, healthy, unhealthy- there’s something for everyone here. Below are my favorites I’ve found so far!
No, I’m not talking about Gushers or Fruit Roll Ups 🙂 My favorite snack will always be the “fruit snacks” (cut-up fruit, like the mango pictured below, in a plastic bag, sprinkled with a generous amount of chile, lime, and salt).
Mani con Limon (Peanuts with Lime & Salt)
These little bag of peanuts cost Q1, and are the perfect portion for a quick snack. They pair perfectly with beer, by the way. If I had a bar, these would be complimentary in a little basket at every table.
The street carts that sell these are the like Guatemalan version of Subway. Just go down the line, tell them what you want, and voila. Possibly the most popular street food, it’s easy to eat, portable, and somewhat healthy. I like mine super simple, with just avocado, tomato sauce, onion, pickled radish, and a sprinkle of cheese & cilantro.
Fresh Squeezed Juice
At most of the fruit carts, you can also ask for fresh squeezed orange juice, which makes for a pretty great snack on your pre-breakfast walk. You’ll get a 16 oz. glass super fast, done the old school way (no electric juicers here).
If you walk around Antigua enough, you’re bound to notice how many Guatemalans walk around with an ice cream cone. Probably the most popular afternoon snack, there’s a plethora of carts and shops to choose from. But…the ice cream lady on our street (shop front pictured below, located on 1a Avenida Sur, next to Cafe No Se) is bar far the best and sometimes has a line of 10 people or more! She makes all of the ice cream homemade and will dip it in chocolate for an extra Q1, which is obviously worth it 🙂 My favorites are the Ron con Pasas (Rum Raisin) or Coco (Coconut).
Limonada con Soda
My favorite drink here, it’s refreshing, thirst-quenching, and packed with flavor. Simply fresh squeezed lime juice, a little bit of simple syrup, and soda water, usually blended and served over ice. The best one is at the German Club in Guatemala (they add a tiny splash of grenadine), but you can find these in every single restaurant.
Basically Guatemala Corn Nuts, these come in little portioned bags and have flavors like Barbecue and Lime & Salt. Perfect if you want something salty and are interested in portion control (you should be with these) 🙂
A more natural form of corn, I’m a huge fan of it grilled, with lime & salt. They sell these at the market, near the entrance to some churches, and at all of the festivals here.
Very similar in taste to Frito’s, if there was a national chip of Guatemala, this would be it! Most people will tell you they used to eat these like crazy as kids, especially the Lime flavor. I also want to name my next dog Tortrix (Trixieeeeee) 🙂
What’s your favorite snack in Guatemala?!