Well, one particular kind of cookie I recall from my childhood. I grew up in the bordertown of El Paso, Texas with my very, very Mexican family. It wasn't unusual to find Mexican food products in our pantry even though we still lived in the U.S. I've been trying to find these particular cookies for years...my common sense tells me they just aren't manufactured anymore, but the little kid in me tells me that maybe somewhere I'll find a little bit more information about them, if nothing else.
My tia used to buy them in a huge box - the Arcoiris and Marias would come in similar large boxes back in the day as well. I don't remember their name or a particular manufacturer - i.e. Gamesa, Tia Rosa, Marinela...but my instincts tend to think they MAY have been made by Gamesa based on what I've been finding online.
What I DO remember about them (aside from the fact that they were positively delicious) is that they were a very rich medium brown color; very dense, very sweet, very dry - almost biscuit-like, especially because they seemed to be a little thicker than the average cookie. They were ring-shaped, and lightly coated on the tops in either yellow or pink colored, sugar-type icing (and we're talking...almost neon when I remember these colors). I only remember the icing ever coming in those two colors - being a little bit of a girlie-girl, I tended to only want to eat the pink ones, but the yellow ones tasted exactly the same. Heh.
If anyone can tell me anything about these cookies, or better yet, suggest something that tastes similar if they truly are gone from this world, I would be eternally grateful. Every new store I go into, I always check the ethnic food section to see if maybe, just maybe they'll be there sitting and waiting for me, but alas...I'm always left disappointed, but still dreaming.
And to get a bit of a discussion going along the same topic...has anyone else ever had a food in their life that made them feel this way? The one that got away, if you will...The one you're still searching for. Are you one of the lucky ones that found their long-lost nosh? Was it just as good as you remember?... Thanks for taking the time to read, everyone!
by Hana Asbrink | My latest haul. Welcome to Chow...
by Dan Koday | You ever notice how a great marinade can instantly elevate what otherwise would end up as a pretty...
by Eric Silverstein | By Eric Silverstein Chef Eric Silverstein is the founder and owner of The Peached Tortilla in Austin...
Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.