Though this isn't a traditional Ecudorian snack, you'll find obleas in most Andean countries. They are thin wafers (like crepes) filled with chocolate, marmalade, or manjar (also known as dulce de leche), making it a super-sweet snack.
5. Higos dulce con queso fresco
If you are not used to combining sweet and savory in one bite, this may sound odd: figs with fresh cheese (right). The figs are soaked and subsequently cooked in miel de panela with cinnamon, cloves, and other spices. It's a typical dessert of Ecuador but here on the market, you can also find it served on bread.
Ecuador is a fruit country and because of its diversity in landscapes – coast, highlands, and Amazon rainforest – the choice is abundant. Take your pick from mangos, bananas, pineapples, chirimoyas, tumbos, or guyabas. Many types of fruit are commonly sold from wheelbarrows, so just flag down a vendor and enjoy.
Llapingachos are made of mashed potatoes and are like fritters with a surprise filling (like rellenos de papa). If they're tortillas de papa, they may be served as a side dish with a meat dish or eaten as a snack. Or they may be filled with cheese and onion or scallions, and may be prepared in a frying pan or on a hot griddle. Like most classic recipes, everyone has their own interpretation.