Olho de Sogra - coconut Plum

Olho de Sogra - coconut Plum

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Olha de sogra is another Brazilian sweet – placed inside of dried plum and covered in crystal sugar. Olha de sogra or translating literally ‘mother-in-law’s eye’ – is traditionally served at birthday celebrations in Brazil.

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CURIOSITY ABOUT “MOTHER’S-IN-LAW- EYE”

The name of olha de sogra remains unclear, yet the fact that the sweet is in the shape of an eye goes some way of explaining part of the name. The sweet is of Portuguese origin and has been adapted into Brazilian gastronomic culture. During the time when it was exclusively Portuguese, it was known as the olha de cobra – ‘snake’s eye’ – which lied in the fact that it was oval-shaped, like a snake’s eye.

Why it changed to mother-in-law’s eye when it came to Brazil has a couple of theories. The first is simply that a mother-in-law supposedly sees and knows everything and has olho grande – ‘big eyes’ – which is an expression in Brazil that means someone who notices everything. There is a story of a mother-in-law who watches over the girl that her son wishes to marry so closely that the couple is never left alone. Due to this stereotype of a mother-in-law, the name of the sweet changed from olha de cobra to olha de sogra as a joke, which later stuck.

From: A Brief Introduction to Olho de Sogra, Brazil’s Famous Sweet - https://theculturetrip.com/south-america/brazil/articles/a-brief-introduction-to-olho-de-sogra-brazils-famous-sweet/


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Sweetened Condensed Milk, Coconut, Egg yolk, Vanilla Bean, Plum.

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