Mexico’s Favorite Candies and Treats

Mexico's Favorite Candies and Treats
by KC Kudra

Mexican kids have a wide array of sweet treats to choose from in Mexican stores. There are hundreds of different types and flavors. Just because they happen to be candies, however, does not mean they are sweet! A lot of the Mexican candy recipes use chili as an ingredient. Mexicans love chili so it is only natural to use it in chocolate and candies. You can get chocolate candies, gummy candies, Mexican milk candy, and chewing gum. Mexicans have their own preferences when it comes to candy and seem to like it hot hot hot! Why not have a look for some recipes for traditional Mexican candy and make your own? At least you can alter the spiciness if you just want a touch of chili rather than enough to make your eyes water.

Something quite new in Mexico, which is popular right now, is called Salsaghetti. This is a packet of watermelon straws that resemble pasta. They are spicy and you also get a pouring sauce, which is called gusano tamarind. Tamarind is an Asian fruit which is also widely grown in Mexico and gusano means worm! A lot of Mexican candy contains tamarind. Salsaghetti looks a lot like a meal but you do not get candy meatballs with it.

Mexican popsicles are very different from those found in other countries. They are spicy in Mexico and some are extremely piquant. American kids might love cinnamon popsicles but Mexican kids are more likely to crave a chili-covered one. The chili powder is usually on the outside and the inside might be chili flavored too or it might be a different flavor, such as watermelon, cherry, strawberry, pineapple, or sapote, which is like a custard apple or sugar apple.

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Since Mexico is responsible for introducing the joys of chocolate to the world, thanks to the Aztecs, you might assume that present day Mexicans enjoy chocolate candies. Actually, they do not consume that much compared to other countries. What they prefer is to use chocolate as an ingredient in their drinks or in traditional Mexican recipes such as mole poblano, which is a nut, chili, onion, garlic and chocolate sauce. Have a look for some mole poblano recipes and try making your own. You might find someone enjoying a chocolate patty candy, which perhaps also contains sugar, almonds, and cinnamon, but the Mexicans are not big eaters of chocolate.

Dulce de leche is a much-loved Mexican treat. Meaning “milk candy,” dulce de leche is like caramel in taste and appearance. It can be eaten alone or as a topping for dishes such as Mexican ice cream or grilled bananas. If you want to know how to make dulce de leche, it is very straightforward. You need to boil sweetened condensed milk for several hours or make your own with sugar and goat’s milk or cow’s milk. It keeps well in the refrigerator but you will need to heat it up again so you can pour it. Once you have made some, you might want to use it in dulce de leche flan, dulce de leche cheesecake or in a dulce de leche sauce recipe. Dulce de leche cake is very popular with Mexicans.

It is even well liked outside Mexico. Starbucks serve a dulce de leche flavored latte and you can get dulce de leche ice cream throughout America’s southwest states.

If you want to sample some Mexican candy, you can have a look at your local Mexican grocery store. If you do not have a Mexican grocer near you, you can shop online for some Mexican goodies. If you are not keen on chili, you can also try caramel and chocolate candies. Why not have a try? You might find you love the new flavor sensation.

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