In our inaugural box, we’re bringing you some Trinbago favorites that will bring you back to your childhood days!
What is it? A traditional hard, chewy snack. Made of grated coconut and molasses, which gives it its dark brown color. All natural and contains no preservatives. It possesses many vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium and magnesium. It’s believed that its creation lays in the first sugar plantations in Trinbago. From the 60s right up to the early 90s, it was commonplace for donkey carts with drums filled with molasses, to roam villages selling the black gold.
Helpful Tip: Storing in the refrigerator will dehydrate it. Instead, store in a cool, dark place.
Tamarind Candy (Balls)
What is it? Another traditional snack that’s sweet and sour in taste. It’s made from the pulp of the tamarind fruit which is combined with sugar and rolled into balls. The tamarind tree, indigenous to Africa, and also cultivated in Asia for centuries, produces a pod-like fruit, which contain an edible, fleshy, acidulous pulp. Pepper is added for spiciness although it’s just as tasty without. It’s a popular snack among many other Caribbean islands too.
Helpful Tip: Remove the seeds before eating, especially if sharing with young kids.
Photo courtesy: Caribbean Treats
What is it? Fruit preserved with salt, sugar, spices and salt. It’s commonly made with plums, mangoes, cherries and pommecythere. This snack is usually made sweet or spicy. Its origins are found in our Chinese heritage.
Helpful Tip: Don’t bite down too hard when eating the preserved plums because its seeds are hard and fairly large.
Photo courtesy: Taste of Trini
What is it? Hands down one of the most popular snacks in Trinidad. Its roots lie is our East Indian heritage, and specifically from the Hindu and Muslim religions. It’s spiced dough that’s fried and coated in a sugar glaze. It is a staple is every school cafeteria, grocery, corner store, pharmacy and gift shop throughout Trinbago. There are two (2) types of Khurma, hard & thin and soft & fat. The popularity of the hard & thin type far outweighs that of the soft & fat type.
Helpful Tip: Get your own! You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone willing to share their khurma.
What is it? Mango pieces smothered in aromatic amchar masala, with spices, sugar, salt and mustard oil added to make a gooey dish. It too is grounded in our East Indian heritage. It’s popularly paired with Indian vegetarian dishes, but it’s just as popular as a snack. Traditionally, the mango used to make this beloved Trinbago snack was dried in the sun. Amchar masala is also used in the well-known Trinbago chutney, Kuchela.
Helpful Tip: It’s spicy so have a little at a time if your spice-tolerance isn’t high.
Split (Chick Peas) Channa
What is it? It’s salted fried chick peas spiced with pepper. It was a popular movie theater snack in Trinbago back in the 1950s and 60s. Today, it’s a staple especially at Christmas time.
Helpful Tip: Ensure it’s resealed properly to maintain freshness.