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What are copos?
A typical Costa Rican dessert
If you have a sweet tooth, get ready to drool over Costa Rican copos. This is the treat you’ll want in your hand on a hot, sticky, tropical day at a Costa Rican beach.
Ice cream (usually vanilla in flavor, or sometimes chocolate, strawberry, or Neapolitan in flavor) and shaved ice form the base of the dessert. The two ingredients are scooped into a cup and doused with condensed milk, powdered milk, and syrup. Usually red, Kola-brand syrup is used in Costa Rica (which resembles watered-down Grenadine), but we’ve seen copos prepared with syrups in a variety of colors and flavors, so the sky’s the limit to what you can get.
Copos are served in a plastic cup with a plastic spoon and a plastic straw. Some vendors also include a marshmallow for decoration and a wafer roll to help you slurp the dessert’s melted contents.
Where to try copos in Costa Rica
Copos are one of the most popular items that street. park, and beach vendors sell in Costa Rica. Most towns have at least one person selling them, though you may need to ask locals where to find him or her the day you visit as they tend to move around.
How to pronounce copos
- Copos: 2 syllables / equal emphasis on both syllables
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