Another type of chicharrones is sold in markets, cafes and some bakeries. It's a thick slice of pork from the belly (the same cut used to make bacon) with skin, a layer of fat and meat. We know that it looks and sounds very unhealthy. However chicharrones taste great and like they say: "all good things in moderation."
Don't confuse them with the sweet banana chips you've seen in "trail mixes." These are sliced from the plantain - the Latin American potato. They're salty and crisp and a perfect accompaniment to a good Cuban beer or soft drink.
Another member of the starch family, yuca (pronounced yoo-kah) is a root, like a potato and another good choice for a chip. Some of the best are made hot and fresh at markets and cafes. Salt them yourself to get just the right flavor!
They look like little copies of the Washington monument, only golden brown in color. This is a super sweet treat made with unrefined sugar and corn syrup. Look for them at Cuban groceries, snack shops, and walk up windows. This is a very unique Cuban treat!
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