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Spice Up Your Halloween Offerings With Some Mexican Candy


Halloween is next week so it’s time to stock up on some candy. But instead of buying the multipack of mini chocolate bars at the Rite Aid, why not opt for some awesome Mexican candy? I love Mexican candy. It reminds me of my childhood in Mexico and Texas. Back when life was simple; a sweet treat from the Mexican market, the playground, and a game of tag. While not available in my current neighborhood, a trip to the barrio can satisfy my cravings. I think that besides the nostalgia factor, what makes Mexican candy so good is their simplicity. A couple of ingredients, lots of real sugar, all wrapped up in colorful plastic. The flavors are intense, with lime, peppers, salt, tamarind, coconut, and cajeta flavors that punch you in the face with deliciousness. We’ll take that over some American made crap any day. So, here is a list of our top 5 favorite Mexican candies.

Chiclets

“¡Chiclets, señor! ¿Quieres chiclets?”, is the cry of millions of little Mexican street entrepreneurs. They are continuing the work of their Ameri-Indian ancestors who invented chewing gum thousands of years ago. The Nahuatl word for rubber is tziktli, which is where we get the word Chiclet. The humble chewing gum has reached its apotheosis in the Chiclet. These little cubes of multi-colored fun are what we think of when we think of gum. They cost only pennies and come in little packs of 5, so it’s economical too. You can keep your fancy gum, we’ll chew a Chiclet.

Pulparindo

Tamarind is a sour fruit native to Africa that was brought over to the Americas by the Spanish…along with Africans. Today it is one of the most popular flavors for Latin American treats. Pulparindo is the pulp of the tamarind fruit, salt, sugar, and chilies made into a chewable stick. It’s sweet, salty, sour, and bitter all at the same time. Your tongue will be confused and overwhelmed, but in a happy way.

Lucas Salts

I have a buddy that’s a teacher at a high school in a Latino area in Houston, Texas. He says at the end of any given week he confiscates a drawer full of Lucas Salts. It’s not hard to see why. These little shakers full of salt, chili powder, and other fun are addictive. Lucas also makes lollipops, liquids, and bars. In Mexico, they put Lucas Salts on fruits and vegetables. It’s also good to pour it and lick it off your hand. It’s sort of like you’re seasoning and tasting yourself, but…whatever, it’s delicious. Also, the commercial below is the best ad ever.

Duvalin Vanilla and Chocolate Creams

These are my favorite. Little foil packs of vanilla, hazelnut, and chocolate cream that you eat with a red piece of plastic. The flavor is very similar to Nutella, only Nutella doesn’t come with a red plastic stick, so Duvalin is better. It’s good on its own or spread on bread or crackers. Duvalin also sells little caramels, bars, and drops. My favorite is the original foil packets. It makes me feel like I’m eating astronaut food or something.

Las Sevillanas Obleas

Ohhhh, cajeta. It’s like caramel, except way better. It has a slight vanilla flavor that makes it more flavorful than plain old caramel. Sevillanas Obleas are little wafer disks of goat’s milk cajeta. The packages are decorated with a picture of pretty señoritas in mantillas. To this day I cannot leave the local bodega without purchasing and devouring one of these delicious treats. That’s why the doctor has forbid me going to the bodega for any reason. I need help.

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