The equator is an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°. Although there are continents and some countries that are in both the eastern hemisphere and the western hemisphere Ecuador takes pride in having a Middle of the World Monument in Quito.
Every country has it’s own traditional sweet treat, and Ecuador has espumillas! Espumilla is a guava meringue cream and a very popular Ecuadorian street food.
Little one had a few friends over, and together we learned about Ecuador’s delicious espumilla. We watched a video in Spanish on how a local lady makes her espumilla for a living. She does the whole process by hand!!! Amazing!!
Of course, we used a blender.
The original recipe calls for pureed guavas, sugar, and egg whites. For our version, we didn’t have fresh guavas. So I improvised and used guava paste. Since the guava paste is already sweetened I cut back on the sugar used for this recipe.
The kids really enjoyed making their very own espumilla! They took turns mixing, and using the blender. LOL
They loved adding sprinkles on it, and of course there were mixed reviews on how it tasted. I think when you put something on a cone you’re thinking “cold” ice cream. However, espumilla is not ice cream, and it is not cold. One of the girls loved hers, the others including my son not so much. I enjoyed it! It’s a yummy sticky treat! 😉
While some of the kiddos savored the espumillas they learned some fun facts from Ecuador:
Ecuador is named after the equator which runs through the country.
Ecuador is the only country in South America that does not share a border with Brazil.
Ecuador is the world’s largest exporter of bananas.
Ecuador’s currency is the U.S. dollar.
Ecuador’s official language but there are also 13 other languages!