grab some Vegan Chocolate, Beer and
Coconut Water at the Beach
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
are Brazilians' favorite snacks and drinks?
One of the biggest ones is: chocolate. There
are many brands, and many are now also dairy
During Easter time Brazilians like to gift
each other with Chocolate Easter Eggs.
Store sales are so high that they get packed
up with Easter Eggs, from top to bottom. From
small to giant eggs, white or brown chocolate,
and with candy or toys inside of them. The
country is so famous for their chocolate eggs
that they even get sold online to other
and I searched for vegan chocolates and found
some great brands:
A Brazilian company dedicated to manufacturing
soy products, soy condensed
milk (aka "leite condensado"),
soy milk and soy cake mix.
They promote lactose-free products
and chocolate without milk.
Look for Chocolah made with soybeans, 40%
cocoa solids and without lactose.
Also ideal for anyone who needs to avoid
Many flavors of what they call "vegetal
Look for "Zero Soja" (Zero Soy),
soy-free, sugar-free, lactose-free,
gluten free and even decaf (low
content of caffeine and theobromine).
Something new and interesting: In
this 2016 trip to Brazil, for the first time
I saw lactose intolerance
TV commercials. The country now has
so many people showing indigestion problems
that "Lactose-Free" products have
now become popular. I was so glad to see
this, though lactose intolerance isn't something
new to me personally...
This is party of the reason
Vegan Survival Guide" got started.
Besides being dairy free, in the VSG we
also included gluten free, soy free,
and raw variations of our recipes.
Back to chocolate, here is some tasty vegan
chocolates my niece and I grabbed at Shopping
da Gávea, Rio de Janeiro:
Water + Beer
Rio, getting some sun at the beach is
a must! Here in Barra Beach, I got some
fresh coconut water while my friends
tried some local beer:
Fresh Green Coconuts
are easy to find at the beaches
in Rio de Janeiro. They cost around
$3, and after drinking the water, you
can ask them to cut the coconut in half
to enjoy the meat. Please do, because
I keep seeing Brazilians trashing the
green coconuts after drinking them and
I think... wait, what about the
nutritious coconut meat?
not vegan, because they use animal products
in the filtering process... But in most
parts of the world, including in Brazil,
you can ask for vegan friendly brands
such as Heineken and Budweiser. Or if
you'd like to try something new, ask
for some SKOL,
a Belgium brewer rooted in Africa,
popular at Rio's beaches. ;)
Have you tried any Brazilian
chocolate? What's your favorite Brazilian
snack or recipe?
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