What Is Merienda? Discover 7 Traditional Snacks in Argentina

Have you ever wondered, “What is merienda?” Merienda is a cherished tradition in Argentina, a time to pause and enjoy a light meal or snack in the afternoon. In other words, it’s a moment to recharge and socialize. Argentinians often have mates or a hot beverage for merienda. 

In this post, we’ll delve into the delightful world of merienda and explore 7 traditional snacks Argentinians enjoy the most.

Traditional Snacks for Merienda

1. Medialunas: These sweet, crescent-shaped pastries are a staple of Argentine merienda. Made with buttery dough and sweetened with honey, medialunas are perfect for pairing with a hot cup of coffee, mate, or tea.

2. Facturas: Facturas are a variety of sweet pastries commonly enjoyed during merienda. From dulce de leche-filled to custard-topped, these indulgent treats come in a variety of flavors and shapes, making them a favorite among Argentines of all ages.

3. Alfajores: Alfajores are beloved sandwich cookies made with two buttery biscuits filled with dulce de leche and coated in chocolate or powdered sugar. Accordingly, these decadent treats are a popular choice for merienda or as a sweet snack any time of day.

4. Tortas: Tortas, or cakes, are often served during special occasions or as a sweet indulgence during merienda. From classic sponge cakes to elaborate layered creations, there’s a torta for every taste bud in Argentina.

5. Churros: While we tipically associate churros with Spain, they also make a delightful addition to the Argentine merienda. These fried dough pastries, dusted with sugar and filled with dulce de leche are sure to satisfy your sweet cravings.

6. Bizcochitos de grasa: These traditional savory snacks go perfectly well with mate amargo. They are made with flour, salt, and grease. They can be found at any panadería or kiosko. 

7. Tostados: Tostados are simple yet satisfying snacks consisting of toasted ham and cheese sandwiches. Whether enjoyed at a café or at home, tostados are a comforting option for merienda.


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