The Merienda Tradition
Merienda is a Spanish noun that means “light snack”, it is a deep-rooted (and delicious!) tradition that spans the globe from Europe to the Americas, having its start sometime around the 17th century.
Each country adds its own special flavor to this casual meal that’s designed to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch, or lunch and dinner. In Mexico, la merienda is commonly shared in the late afternoon and favorite food choices typically include sweet rolls, cookies, cakes and hot chocolate such as Abuelita.
Besides the savory variations in food, it’s a wonderful time to relax and spend time with family and friends, to catch up on your day, and enjoy each other’s company.
Simplicity is the most important aspect of the merienda, as it is a light meal, and should not spoil your appetite for dinner. Plus, it’s an opportunity to give you a break from your day’s activities, to let you regroup and grow closer to your family.
Create your own merienda family tradition! Bring this relaxing cultural experience to your family and friends.
One idea to make your merienda a sweet one is to start with a delicious cup of Abuelita and add other sweet treats. Perfect companions for the merienda can be: Churros, fruit, cookies, small cakes, pastries, toast, or you can mix it up and offer sweets one day and sandwiches another. Let the kids suggest their favorites and help you prepare them.
Of course we have our favorites, too. Take a look at some popular recipes and try them at your next merienda.