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.
The Top Brands
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Many of the top candies out there are created by time-tested Mexican candy brands. Among them is Dulces Vero. Dulces Vero brand is specialized in making sweet candies with a spicy twist. Many Mexicans agree that the Dulces Vero brand comes with the best caramels and lollipops in the country. Their sweets stand out for their unique textures, shapes, colors, and flavors. Vero Elotes, Vero Mango, Vero Rebanaditas, and Vero Palerinda are lollipops with unique shapes such as tamarind, corn, watermelon, and mango. They come with a sweet caramel underneath and a delicious chili coating. Sweeter varieties are Chupadedo, Semaforo, Vero Manita, and El Chavo lollipops.
De La Rosa is another popular brand of Mexican lollipops. Their lollipops range from Pulparindo Popsicles made with tamarind pulp to Jumbo Cereza witth cherry flavor and gum filling. La Vaquita and Coronado are brands that make Mexican traditional milk caramel called dulce de leche lollipops.
Chupa Chups is a lollipop brand famous worldwide. They have a variety of flavors, including a delicious creamy flavor that resembles ice cream, vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.
Paletas Payaso and Paletones are a mixture of chocolate and marshmallow. The Paletones are made of a drop shaped marshmallow that is covered in a layer of chocolate, while the Paleta Payaso looks like the face of a clown. Pale-Locas are lollipops uniquely squared that include two caramels one on each side of the stick.
Paletas Alvbro Pollito Asado are spicy lollipops with peach and pineapple flavors. Rockaleta lollipops have tamarind and gum filling and four chili layers. The Pachicletas are Mexican candies similar to Rockaletas but their four layered coating is sweet. Other tasty Mexican lollipop brand are Chipileta, Marimbas, and Indy Cerillos. The Luxus Chupirul come in a unique triangle shape. As you can see, the varieties are almost unlimited.
Among the popular Mexican candy brands are Pulparindo, Vero, Pelon Pelo Rico, Limon 7, Coronado, Las Sevillanas, Rockaleta, Sonric’s, Lucas, De La Rosa, Hola, Duvalin, Zumba, Canel’s, Tama Roca, Anahuac, Adams, Bolitochas, Lorena, Ricolino, Laposse, and Montes. Other popular Mexican candy brands are Hola, Dulces Anahuac, Diana Dulces, Tama-Roca, Dulces Karla, Nutresa, Dulces Lizeth, Zumba Pica, and Dulces Indy. Here, we’ll explore a few of the top Mexican candy brands.
Lorena brand is the creator of the famous Pelon Pelo Rico candies, a sweet and spicy candy squeezed through a grate, with flavors such chamoy, mango, and tamarind.
Lucas is another popular Mexican brand known for its spicy and tangy treats. Lucas candies include: Lucas seasoning, Lucas Pelucas, Lucas Muecas, and Salsaghetti.
Duvalin is a sweet confection creamy candy in a combination of different flavors, from vanilla and strawberry, to strawberry and hazelnut, and chocolate and hazelnut.
Canel’s is a brand that is known for multi flavored assortment of gum candy as well as La Vaquita, delicious milk caramel lollipops.
Bolitochas brand offers some sweet caramel candies with a sweet and sour chili filling. They are available in many flavors, including pineapple, strawberry, tamarind, and watermelon.
Ricolino Is a leading Mexican candy manufacturing company that offers famous products like Bocadin chocolate bars, Paleta Payaso, a marshmallow lollipop, Bubulubu, Kranky, Chutazos, and Paleton.
Montes is a brand of chewy caramel candies that come with various flavors such as cajeta, butterscotch, pecan, chocolate toffee, and peanut crunch. Some of the most delicious Montes products are Montes Cajeta, Tomy, Damy, Super Natilla, and Ricos Besos.
As you can see, Mexican culture has a huge candy influence. Some of these might take some getting used to, but we think all of them are certainly worth a try. Salud!