Halloween à la Ecuadorian: Guaguas de Pan and Colada Morada

Guaguas de Pan, Día de los Muertos

Guaguas de what?

Si, this is what we were doing these past days. Let’s start with the translation: Guagua means baby – Pan means bread; Colada means a kind of punch/smoothie – Morada means purple. Comprende? Good. So our equivalent to Halloween is “El Día de los Difuntos”, when we remember the people that are no longer with us by making some guaguas de pan and some colada morada. It’s one of those latino holidays that’s a mix between a catholic and a indigenous celebración. I think it’s very important to never, nunca forget our roots and our tradiciones. This is why we still celebrate this holiday, no matter if we are in München or in China. It’s a really cool opportunity to get together with amigos and familia, bake some guaguas and, here’s the fun part, decorate them!

This year my best friend’s mom, an ecuatoriana of course, made the dough so I don’t have the recipe, BUT since I’ll be home for Christmas, I will bring back my abuelita’s recipe for next year. In the meantime, we really let our imaginación fly high this year:

The Colada Morada is one of those recipes that are meant to be made by your mamá or your abuela, not the daughter or the hija. It’s a really long, arduous, difficult type of beverage and you really need practice to master it. Still, if you are interested I found one of those mamás who clearly masters the art of the colada morada. Take a look here.
It’s really fun, Ecuadorian or not I say give a try!

Happy guaguas holiday to ya’ll! 

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María del Carmen Villafuerte de Almeida: Sí, that's my whole name. I'm a married Ecuadorian living in Germany's coolest city, München that is. I'll be helping you refresh your Spanglish through my aventuras with my familia around the world.

7 thoughts on “Halloween à la Ecuadorian: Guaguas de Pan and Colada Morada

  1. I had my first colada morada this year, my mother-in-law made if for me in Quito, but a bit early for my birthday in October rather than for the halloweenish time. I looovved it and I really hope it gets to be my birthday drink from now on. We did not find the Guaguas de pan in the coastal areas where we live, but I am desperate to find it next year. (p.s. I adore this spanglish blog, and the fact that you are in Munich, a city that stole my heart in highschool!)

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