Mexican Candy

Mexican candy is known for its authentic and unique fusion of flavors. Sweet & spicy is the most common flavor profile found in Mexican sweets. This “crazy” combination makes it stand out from other candies. Not like most candies you find here in the United States, Mexican treats are not your typical sweet candy. They usually have spicy & salty flavors, that don’t overpower the overall taste of the candy. At first you might find it weird, but if you give it a chance I promise you will find it strangely addicting.
I am lucky to work with, and have friends from all over the world, including Mexico. A few days ago one of my co-workers, Lourdes, brought me some treats straight from Mexico. Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to be exact. The first one is a Lollipop.

20140112-220728.jpgA Chile Covered Mango Lollipop!! Vero Mango lollipops

20140112-220912.jpgare covered with with a spicy but pleasantly flavored powdered chili coating. It is mildly spicy but not hot. The delicious mango flavored candy is waiting inside. Vero Mango has long been a favorite in Mexico, popular with both young and old alike. Right up my alley. Like I said…strangely addicting. Now admittedly, I have unusual tastes, but I just love these Chile Covered Mango Lollipops. Just when it seems too much to handle, the sweetness of the mango comes through. If you like the flavors of Mexico, you will enjoy this delightful treat! The other delight Lourdes brought me was Rollo de Guayaba.

20140112-221032.jpg“Guayaba”, or Guava,

20140112-221126.jpgare plants in the Myrtle family, which contains about 100 types of tropical shrubs and small trees. They are native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Guavas are now grown all over the tropics and subtropics in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and certain regions of North America, New Zealand, Australia and Spain.
Guava fruit are usually 2 to 5 inches long, and are round or oval depending on the type. The outer skin may be rough and bitter, or soft and sweet. The skin varies in thickness and is usually dark green before it ripens, but becomes yellow, maroon, or lighter green when ripe.
Most Guava fruit generally have a pronounced and distinct smell, similar to lemon peel, but not as sharp. Guava pulp, “the good stuff”, may be sweet or sour, and tastes somewhat like a cross between a pear and a strawberry, and is off-white to dark pink in color, with seeds in the middle of the fruit.
Rollo de Guayabas (Roll of Guava)

20140112-221302.jpgare some of the tastiest Mexican candy treats you will ever try. And these special candies are made right in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It’s made out of the guava fruit and a small amount of quince. To make these delectable little morsels the whole guava is completely ground up, seeds and all, into a fine sticky paste like consistency. It is then cooked at high temperatures in large steel/copper pots called globos. Once cooked, the guava paste is spread out into a thin layer on a monster sized cookie sheet with sugar. After the candy cools and hardens, the guava paste is cut into smaller sections and “rolled” with a coat of sugar . It is then cut into bite size pieces or rolls and packaged ready for sale. If you ever have the pleasure of trying one, you will be begging for more once it’s gone.

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3 thoughts on “Mexican Candy

    • Most cities have ethnic markets, such as a Mexican or Hispanic market, and if not, some specialty grocery stores have a section of ethnic foods. If all else fails there is always Amazon.com!

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