Typical Colombian Sweets and Treats

Arepa con queso
Arepa con queso
Arepa con queso (arepa with cheese and sweetened condensed milk drizzled on top).

Last month, Dave had just arrived on the coast, and I was boarding a plane to NY for my best friend’s wedding.

We were BBMing when Dave began bragging about how he just ate the best fish he ever had (pargo).

Of course, I had to try to one up him so I started bragging that I was fully loaded with different Colombian sweets and treats in my back pack such as Mani Moto  (of course Mani Moto is not nearly as good as coastal fish, but it was something).

And, to my horror and surprise, Dave, our famous Medellín guide who has been here for 3 years, had never tried Mani Moto.

That is when I decided to write a post about the different sweets and treats you should try while walking around Medellin.

Another reason I want to share this with you is because many tiendas do not allow you to go inside.  They have counters in front of their store, and usually a cute old man waiting to take your order, and serve you.

Since many of you have probably never been inside one of these tiendas, you may not know what to ask for.

Try asking for one of these:


  • Copelia (orginal and coconut)
  • Cocoasette
  • Giraffe (vanilla, strawberry and chocolate)
  • Mani Moto

Served by street vendors or in Panaderias (bakeries)

  • Obleos (there are served outside on little carts)
  • Arepas con queso (downtown near El Eslabon are the best)
  • Palito de queso (cheese bread)
  • Donut with arequipe
  • Ice cream sundae at Crepes and Waffles
  • Cacao lip balm for your lips (all natural and works better then anything I have ever had)

Not So Yummy

  • Milo
  • Mont blanc
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  1. Quick correction (just trying to help):

    Served by street vendors or in Panaderias (bakeries)
    ◦ Obleas with an a before the s

    Love all of the information you provide keep on the good work.

  2. Mani Moto is japanese style peanuts invented by a japanese immigrant in Mexico. In Mexico they are called cacahuete japones. You can also by them in japanese grocery stores, but they’re not called mani moto. Mother are not a Colombian invention. They have a hint of soy sauce too