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Weird Food for Sale in Venezuela But Nothing That Anyone Wants

  • Shortages ease except on staples like the beloved canilla
  • Hot-sauce sardines, anyone? Or perhaps with a little paprika?

Walk into a Caracas bakery these days and you’ll find a wide variety of freshly-made breads on shelves that were barren a year ago. You can buy a fat, dense loaf called the gallego, or a soft sobado, or a campesino for sandwiches, even a sweet andino lined with guava jam or corn or fruit.

What you won’t find, though, is the one that Venezuelans actually want: the canilla, a soft, buttery take on the baguette that’s been the beloved bread of choice in this South American country for decades.