Cold snacks are represented in Angolan cuisine by simple fruits like grapes, mangoes, bananas, papaya and avocado. Kola nut is consumed by breaking it open and into pieces, then chewing the kola nut pieces as you chew gum. Most people find the taste very bitter, especially at first. Kola nut is a dessert given as a gift to visitors entering a home, usually with some formal ceremony. Offering the kola nut is a gesture of friendship and hospitality. Among the most popular warm snacks are Basil Pesto Farfalle, Mandioca Frita and Plantains in Red Palm Oil. Basil Pesto Farfalle is a delightful mixture of basil, garlic and cheese. Mandioca Frita is made from manioc root and palm oil while the ingredients for Platains in Red Palm Oil are plantains, red palm oil, cinnamon and brown sugar. Fritters are another Angolan snacks that consist in bite-sized pieces of fruit, vegetable, meat or cheese coated in seasoned flour batter and deep-fried. They are often made with bananas, maize, or pineapple. Sugar peanuts are a very popular snack all over Africa. The peanuts are cooked in sugar syrup and then baked at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes until the sugar is completely dried.
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