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  • ae83 Feb 8, 2010 04:10 AM
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Hello,

I am looking for a particular packaged Peruvian cookie and hoping maybe someone has seen it at a market or store in or around Boston. The brand name is GN and the cookie is called Vainilla Mermelada Doble Deleite. It is two vanilla cookies (similar to an Oreo) with vanilla cream and a bit of strawberry jam between them. I'm attaching a photo of the package in case that helps anyone recognize it. I haven't been able to find a place to order them online. Thanks so much for any help!!

 
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  1. You could try this place, in East Boston: http://www.friorico.com/aboutus.html

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    1. re: nsenada

      Thanks for the suggestion! I called them, but they don't carry them :( It looked so promising too!

    2. I think I saw them in the old 88 grocery store (the one in South Bay shopping Plaza). If it wasn't this exact cookie it was one very similiar....

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      1. re: gardgen

        thanks, another great suggestion! I called them and they had me call back, but apparently they don't have them either. I have also just tried Hi Lo in Jamaica Plain. More ideas are very welcome.... :)

        1. re: ae83

          I can't remember the name of the place (I'm sure someone else out here will know what I'm talking about) but there's a big latin american market - predominantly Brazilian but not entirely - on Somerville Ave, in a strip mall just south of Porter Square. And, for that matter, you might also try the Market Basket a few blocks further down Somerville Ave, just before you get to Union Sq.

          1. re: BobB

            The market you are talking about is now Seabra market and they do not carry the specific cookies the original poster is looking for. What they do carry is something similar from Portugal (I believe made in Japan) and a Brazilian version passatempo (from Nestle I think). Market Basket might have the latter.

            In Somerville the largest selection of Peruvian items is probably La Sultana market on Broadway, but they aren't going to compare to Frio Rico. And as Aromatherapy mentions Malden, plus the Everett S&S seem to have the best Peruvian selections (with McGrath less) but they are going to have less than Frio Rico. I think your best bet would be to try alternatives and seeing what larger Asian markets carry is still worth your while, because at least in the case of Portugal that is the origin of some sweets like this and I wouldn't be surprised if it was similar in Peru. Or check out exactly what Frio Rico has (easy T access), wear out some shoe leather in Chelsea starting at Compare and trying smaller shops.

      2. The Malden Center Stop & Shop has a (not very large) Peruvian section.

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        1. re: Aromatherapy

          Thank you everyone for your suggestions! After calling the places that were suggested, I came from out of town and looked all over East Boston but with no luck. My next trip into the city I will check the other areas mentioned. If anyone happens to notice them feel free to let me know! :)

          1. re: ae83

            Up until 2008 I worked for a food manufacturer from Chile, Carozzi, who also had a plant in Peru. They make a variety of cookies, but not the one you mentioned. Since I was in the business, I have a few suggestions. One would be to visit the Summer Fancy Food Show, June 27-29, 2010, Javits Center, New York City. I'm pretty sure they have an international section with a section for companies from Peru - if the company isn't there, someone in that area might be able to help you.Two - here is the company website, perhaps you can write them an e-mail asking if they have any distribution in the US: http://www.gn.com.pe/galletasperu.html . Finally, I remember visiting several grocery stores in Northern NJ that had large Peruvian sections, one was in Elizabeth I believe.

            1. re: ae83

              Here's another distributor in NJ who might be able to help you: http://www.perufoodimport.com/product... . They don't show the product you're looking for, but might be able to help.