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Mouth-Watering Christmas Foods To Try in Rio

Christmas in Rio
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Christmas is just around the corner and it's the perfect time to get into the holiday spirit. Discover the magic of Christmas in Rio with their lavish customs, tall Christmas trees that light up the city skies, dazzling fireworks, and mouth-watering festive foods. Just like any other city, the holiday season in Rio is an excellent time to indulge in festive foods with friends and family. Here are some top X-mas foods that you must-have on your trip to Rio.

Turkey or Chester

Aromatic turkey for Christmas dinner is a real delight for both the eyes and the palate. The main Christmas meal is usually turkey served with roasted potatoes, farofa, and vegetables soaking in a pool of rich gravy. Chester is another festive favourite; a breed of chicken characterized by a large quantity of breast meat, it is bred to be low in fat and high in protein, which makes it a wondrous Christmas treat that is lean on your stomach.

Farofa (Seasoned Manioc Flour)

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Farofa is consumed throughout the year, but during Christmas, it works as a delicious accompaniment with turkey. It is a crunchy garnish made from cassava root flour, which makes your Christmas dinner even more appetizing. The ingredients and spices vary depending on whether you like it savoury or sweet but we love both varieties.

Bacalhau (Codfish)

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Salted cod (bacalhau) makes an appearance on special occasions in Rio, and Christmas is just the perfect time to enjoy this dish. You will find this fish rolled into bite-size pieces and deep-fried into balls called Bolinhos de Bacalhau.


Dessert-lovers will love this popular Christmas dessert called Panettone. The dessert is a loaf of Italian sweet bread often baked with dried fruit or chocolate. You can find the dessert easily at Rio’s supermarkets, and it makes an excellent gift option.


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Treat yourself to some delicious Rabanada (French toasts equivalent), one of the most widely loved desserts in Rio. This dessert is made with bread soaked briefly, fried, and then sprinkled generously with cinnamon sugar. It may be served warm or cold and tastes divine.

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