9 Popular Mexican Candy & Snacks

Mexican Candy and Snacks have always been extremely popular in Mexico and now that popularity is extending to all over the world! They are always evolving and the stores are always inundating us with new choices.

Let me show you which ones are the most popular ones and also my favorite!

An image of a candy store in Mexico.

1. Mexican Candy

These are the best Mexican candy that have stood the test of time. They are not fads and are consistently popular in Mexico! You can find them all over Mexico and they are often used to fill Piñatas or birthday treat bags.

  1. Pulparindo
  2. Pelon Pelo Rico
  3. Sweet hard candy
  4. Chicles
  5. Duvalin
  6. Banderillas
  7. Motitas (gum)
  8. Ticos (Powder candy)
  9. Mexican Spicy lollipops
  10. Cajetas, jamoncillos, cocadas, etc.
Different popular Mexican candy in a white background.

When it comes to spicy, tart and sugar-laced concoctions, I do not discriminate. Spicy candy in general, is one of my weaknesses. Over the years, I have cut back on my Mexican candy consumption. But I still indulge, just in much smaller amounts. 

By the way, my family gave me the nickname of “Tico” when I was little since I always one of these candies in my hand lol! 

How many of these have you tried? 

2. Chamoy

Chamoy is Mexico’s favorite condiment used in so many ways: on fruit, drinks, snacks and even main dishes.

A jar full of Chamoy and a spoon.

3. Mangonada

Mangonada is a frozen mango treat with an infusion of bold flavors – it’s sweet, tangy, spicy, & delicious!! It’s Mexico’s favorite treat and you’ll love it too!

It goes by many names such as Chamoyada, Mangoneada, Chamango, but they’re all the same!

A glass with mangonada drink decorated with a flower.

4. Mazapan

Mazapanes are a very popular candy in Mexico and they are a huge part of our culture. It is so popular that even has its own national food day! January 12th – Dia Del Mazapan.

This crumbly, sweet & delicious Mexican candy only requires two ingredients to make at home: peanuts & confectioners sugar.

A plate with mazapanes stacked on top of each other.

5. Chicharrones De Harina

These Chicharrones De Harina have so many names! From Mexican chicharrones, duros de harina, duritos, Mexican pinwheel chips, etc.

If you’ve been to Mexico, for sure you have seen street vendors selling Chicharrones De Harina (aka Duritos) everywhere!

A white bowl with chicharrones de harina drizzled with hot sauce.

6. Sandia Loca

Sandia Loca is fun way to eat your watermelon Mexican style. Loaded with other fruits and Mexican candy to give you an explosion of flavors in your mouth! 

Sandias Locas are sold everywhere in Mexico these days ad are easy to find! It has become a super popular snack for street vendors and small shops to sell. But the best part is that they’re so easy to make at home.

Half of a watermelon topped with Mexican candy.

7. Tamarindo Candy

These candies along with my beloved Chamoy, are Mexico’s favorite & most famous candies. There are many variations but here I will show you the classic version. These are the base of all of the other Mexican Candies listed on #1.

Tamarindo balls on a ceramic plate.

8. Tostilocos

Tostilocos is a delicious & fun snack made with Tostitos tortilla chips topped with layers of cucumber, jicama, Japanese-style peanuts, tamarindo candy, chamoy, hot sauce, lime juice and more!

A bowl with tostilocos and a hand grabbing a tortilla chip.

9. Paletas

Mexican Paletas (aka popsicles) are made from whole fruits, nuts, spices and other natural ingredients. You can find them anywhere in Mexican stores and also sold by the popular “Paleteros” (street cart vendors).

There are so many flavors to choose from and go far beyond the basic array of cherry, orange and grape popsicles and into the realm of mangonada, tamarind and arroz con leche.

Lemon paletas on a blue board with slices of lemons on the side.

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