Chile is a very unique country. It is bordered on the left by the Pacific Ocean and on the right by the magnificent Andes Mountain Range. It really is a beautiful place to live. In some ways it is like an island because it is so secluded from the rest of South America. Chileans pride themselves in being unique from other South Americans. The language they speak, I’ve quickly discovered, is different from the Spanish spoken anywhere else in the world. There is a lot of slang and made up words that make it somewhat difficult, even for people who speak fluent Spanish, to understand. Many people have told me that it is a bad idea to learn Spanish in Chile because I will pick up all of these things and not learn proper Spanish. At this point I will take any Spanish that I can get. Learning an entire language is not that easy and I can’t wait until I can speak fluently with all of our new friends here.
If you ever pay a visit to Chile you will notice that they love Manjar (mon-har). Manjar is a milk caramel that is very much like Dulce de leche. If you ask a Chilean, they will tell you that it is not caramel or Dulce de leche, it is Manjar but it is pretty much the same. It is a staple ingredient here and they put in most of their pastries and desserts.
Cuchulflis are a creation unique to Chile and yet another dessert that Manjar is added to. Basically, they are thin crispy wafer cookies that are rolled into cylinders and filled with either Manjar or various types of fillings but Manjar seems to be the most popular. They are served like that or dipped in chocolate in little bundles. It is also a common thing in Chile to have Cuchuflis as a birthday cake for kids. They wrap them in ribbon and top them with candies and other edible decorations.
I was surprised when searching for recipes to reference that I couldn’t find any in English and very few in Spanish. That is another thing about Chileans, they can be pretty tight-lipped about their recipes. I know enough Spanish to translate a recipe now so I was able to get the general idea from some Spanish recipes. I think there should defineately be some Cuchufli recipes out there in English, don’t you?