Kids (and even kids at heart) love candy. Candies are attractive because they come in many varieties, sizes, flavors, colors, and shapes. But of all the varieties available, Mexican candies are perhaps some of the most creative. After all, Mexican candies can be found made with tamarind, chamoy, chili, fruit, milk caramel, marshmallows, chocolate, and many more flavors. Going to a Mexican candy store you’ll find so a host of types and flavors to choose from—so many that you’ll have a hard time choosing.
All the Flavors
Other candy types from different brands are coated or flavored with spicy chamoy, chili, or tamarindo. Plain caramels can be dipped in salty or chili flavored powders. Some varieties contain a dried chili inside or a dried plum. For those who prefer a candy less spicy, there are Mexican marshmallow lollipops and milk caramel made from fresh goat or cow milk. Whether you love sour, salty, spicy, or sweet, Mexico has plenty of flavors and brands to choose from. Let’s explore!
Japanese-style nuts are known in Mexico as Cacahuates Japoneses. They are large peanuts inside of a candy shell made of a crunchy layer of soy sauce and wheat flour. A little lime juice may be added or they can be just eaten plain. A well-known Mexican brand of Japanese style nuts is Barcel. Their nuts come in a variety of flavors. On most planes in Mexico you will be served these nuts as a snack. The story goes that the Japanese style nuts were introduced in Mexico City in the late 1940s by Yoshigei Nakatani, a Japanese immigrant.
Peanut Mexican candies are thick discs of crushed peanuts mix with artificial flavors and sugar. They are locally called dulce de cacahuate estilo mazapán.
The Mexican equivalent of Fritos is some crunchy tube-shaped corn chips looking like taquitos or mini rolled up tacos. They come in aggressively acidic, spicy, and salty flavors. One of the brands, Fuego, balances the chili and lime flavors.