4/20 is a special holiday where we all take a little extra time to enjoy the world around us thanks to the help of our friend, marijuana. The push to legalize marijuana nationwide is growing and the House of Representatives recently passed a bill to pave the way towards that reality.
As Americans wait to see how the Senate will respond, one thing is for sure, Americans are ready for legal recreational marijuana. According to a study, 63 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana so it just makes sense. Forty-nine percent of Americans have tried marijuana according to another study, which is the highest recorded number ever.
With this rising interest, we know there’s definitely also a heightened appetite for one of the best parts of this activity: the munchies. So, we would like to offer up some of our favorite Latine snacks to make this part of the experience more enjoyable this 4/20. Some of these snacks are prepackaged for ease and some will require a little work in the kitchen for those of you who love to cook and bake. Take a moment and let’s dive into the splendor of food you can enjoy between tokes.
Pão de Queijo
This Brazilian cheesy bread is just *chef’s kiss*. They are spongy, chewy, and cheesy giving you sensorial eating experience. Making these is easy and you can make them bite-size so you can munch them with ease. There are even box mixes for you to use. You can also dip them in whatever sauce or salsa of your choice to make them even more delicious. Treat yourself today and have a little fun in the kitchen with these yummy, bready bits of heaven.
Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches cake takes texture to a whole other level. If you have ever consumed this delectable treat, you know just how splendid it can be even when you aren’t celebrating 4/20. This dessert’s richness is unparalleled and worthy of a guest appearance at every holiday. Imagine the delight in your friend’s eyes when they see you walk into the room with the holy grail of Latine desserts. Instant best friend status.
Mexican street corn just hits differently after a group smoke session. This is an interactive and collaborative effort, which is a great way to make some memories with your friends. Imagine the giggles that would come from working together to assemble the elote with all of the sauces and cheese additions to a grilled ear of corn. You can always go over the top and satisfy your stoner cravings by using Takis or Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to dust your elotes.
For those of you who prefer a savory treat paired with your pot, nothing beats the crunch of a good chip snack. Instead of reaching for the same old potato chips, treat your crew to some plantain chips. The salt sprinkled on top of the chips is a titillating addition to the natural sweetness that comes from frying the plantain slices. Couple it with some olive oil with chopped-up white onion mixed in and you’ve just become a stoner food artisan.
If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that has easy access to paletas, this is one snack you don’t want to miss on 4/20. The popsicles come in so many different flavors from mango y chamoy to pepino y limon. Keep your mouth cool and fight off your cottonmouth with one of these delicious treats. If you were prepared enough to make these in advance, we salute you. That kind of planning for 4/20 is admirable and we want to be your friend.
Guava paste is a staple in all Cuban kitchens and can be used in so many different desserts. You can eat it just as it is if you prefer a faster way to eat. The sweet and tangy flavor of this paste will make your mouth water, which is a good way to combat that dry mouth. If you want to get fancy, get your butter cookies ready and stack guava paste and cream cheese for an easy snack that is out of this world.
Pelon Pelo Rico
This Mexican candy comes with a little bit of sweet and a little bit of spicy, the best of both worlds. Most of us remember at least one time in our lives when these made their debut and the playful flavor combination is everything. Plus, the act of pushing the hair up is guaranteed to entertain you while taking a break from celebrating the holiday. Get your giggles on with this Mexican treat. You won’t regret it.