Tamarind, Mazapan, and other crazy Mexican snacks.
When you think of Mexico, what comes to mind? Most people imagine Mexico as a barren dessert wasteland with a lot of peasant farmers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mexico is a vibrant country with some of the most beautiful landscapes, beaches, coral reefs and cities in the world. Mexico’s snacks are just as diverse as it’s landscapes. New flavors abound such as Tamarind, Dulce de Leche and Mazapan. Familiar flavors are also here with chocolate, apple, and cinnamon. We’re showing off our top 10 favorite snacks in this month’s Mexico SnackCrate.
10. Takis Fuego – These are spicy rolled tortilla chips. They are probably the most well known Mexican chip now that they have begun to make their way around the world.
9. Pulparindo – This candy is made from the pulp of the tamarind fruit, and is flavored with sugar, salt, and chili peppers, making it simultaneously tart, sweet, salty, and spicy.
8. Skwinkles – A relatively new Mexican candy. A slightly spicy, pineapple flavored candy with a tamarind filling.
7. Obleas – A wafer snack consisting of two very thin wafers and delicious dulce de leche in the middle.
6. Tamarind spoons – One of the most iconic and traditional Mexican candies. These are plastic spoons with tamarind candy inside.
5. Duvalin – This candy is a frosting packet, basically, which is awesome. We’ve included all three varieties in the September SnackCrate. Each comes with it’s own spoon.
4. Mazapan – Probably the most likely snack Mexicans remember from childhood. This is a disk of sweetened ground peanuts.
3. Pelon Pelo Rico – A delicious tamarind-flavored “goo” that’s sweet, salty, and spicy ALL AT ONCE.
2. Mexican Lollipops – We love these. The most popular flavors are Mango, Strawberry and Watermelon. These are not your average lollipop. They start very spicy and salty. Inside they have a sweet and fruity flavored center.
1. Japanese Peanuts – Don’t let the name fool you. These are completely Mexican. Invented by a Japanese immigrant to Mexico City in 1945. These are a staple of Mexican snack food.
BONUS – Watch “Dudes in Space” unbox the Mexico SnackCrate.