Beach sweets: Tradition that lasts summer after summer

Chileans are loyal to their traditional sweets all year, but especially during summertime, when the Churros and Palmeras fill the country’s beaches

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It is common to see the street hawkers all summer at the beach selling snacks to stand the heat. These are the traditional sweets of Chile, such as the Cuchuflís or the Palmeritas, which have become part of the holiday season to a point in which one always waits for the hawkers to walk by to buy them something tasty to eat.

Here we present you some of the most typical beach sweets:


These delicious sweets are cylindrical wafers made of flour, sugar, and water, and are filled with manjar or caramel spread. They can also be found coated with chocolate to add some sumptuousness. It is said that there are two theories regarding their origin: one is that they were created in colonial times in the Plaza de Armas square. It is said that at the beginning, they were bigger than today’s edition, but got smaller due to cost reduction. Another theory is that wafers broke when being sold because they were too fragile. The vendors asked the bakers to find a solution for this and they decided to add manjar to them, which made them firmer. Wherever they come from, the Cuchuflís still are one of Chile’s favourite sweets.

Churros with Manjar

The Churros are fried dough in the shape of a tube. In Chile, they are filled from beginning to end with manjar, which makes them even tastier. They have their origins in the Iberian Peninsula, and they also exist in many other Latin American countries like Argentina, Ecuador or Colombia, with different names and fillings. In Chile the most famous one keeps on being the manjar.


The Palmeras are a classic beach sweet made of puff pastry with honey or sugar to give it that sweet touch and crunchiness when you taste them. It is a huge dough circle; bigger than an adult hand and tastier when fresh and crunchy. They say their origins are in Italy or Spain. They became a success in Chile due to the El Quisco y El Tabo towns bakeries, which introduced them in the Chilean beaches.