Sandia Loca (Crazy Watermelon)

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! 

Sandia Loca topped with Mexican candy and chamoy

Imagine sitting on a sandy beach, feeling a nice breeze brush your face enjoying a refreshing Agua Fresca De Piña or a Mangonada with a Sandia Loca by you. This is exactly what I do every time I go to visit my sister in Kino Bay Mexico.

Sorry about my bragging moment (lol) but this is a real experience while in my beloved Mexico.

Luckily, 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.

Sandia Loca topped with Mexican candy and chamoy

Mexicans are fascinated with topping fruit with a bunch of different tamarindo candy. The experience and flavors are so much fun! I hope you get to try this too.

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • ½ jicama cubed into small chunks
  • 1 to 2 cucumbers cubed into small chunks
  • ½ cup chamoy
  • homemade chili lime seasoning or tajin
  • Lime juice
  • Japanese peanuts (see note below)
  • a variety of Mexican tamarind candy

Other fruit options for Sandia Loca:

You can mix in other fruits or swap the jicama & cucumber with any of these delicious options:

  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apples

* Japanese Peanuts are very popular in Mexico and they’re available at any latin stores and online. They are regular peanut covered in wheat flour dough and are super crunchy! Per Wikipedia, they were invented by a Japanese immigrant in Mexico.

The candy & fruit toppings for Sandia Loca on a blue background.

How to make Sandia Loca

Making a Sandia Loca is super fun and should be made a family affair!

  1. Cut the watermelon length wise. Make sure you find the side that stands flat and cut it to keep it standing flat.
  2. Make square slices with the knife and scoop out the watermelon chunks with a large spoon.

3. Transfer the watermelon to a large bowl and mix the cucumber, jicama, peanuts and some of the candy.
4. Then transfer that mix to the empty watermelon skin.

5. Now the fun begins! Have a blast adding your favorite toppings including the chamoy, chili powder and lime juice.


There are no rules on this step and just add your favorite Mexican candies!

Cazy watermelon with candy toppings on the side

Candies used in this Sandia Loca

Half of a watermelon filled with watermelon, jicama, cucumber and Mexican candy

Enjoy my friends! I hope you go crazy and have fun building your first Sandia Loca! 🙂

Half of a watermelon filled with watermelon, jicama, cucumber and Mexican candy

Sandia Loca (Crazy Watermelon)

Servings 6 people
Ana Frias
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
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! 
6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 watermelon
  • ½ jicama cubed into small chunks
  • 1 to 2 cucumbers cubed into small chunks
  • Japanese peanuts
  • ½ cup chamoy
  • homemade chili lime seasoning or tajin
  • a variety of Mexican candy
  • Fresh lime juice

Instructions
 

  • Cut the watermelon length wise. Make sure you find the side that stands flat and cut it to keep it standing flat.
  • Make square slices with the knife and scoop out the watermelon chunks with a large spoon.
  • Transfer the watermelon to a large bowl and mix the cucumber, jicama, peanuts and some of the candy.
  • Then transfer that mix to the empty watermelon skin.
  • Add your favorite toppings including chamoy, chili powder, lime juice and Mexican spicy candies

*Ana’s Notes:

Eat immediately for best flavors
Calories are based on 2 cups of watermelon, cucumbers and jicama. Toppings were not included as it’s very personal on what you use. 

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NUTRITION

Serving: 2cups | Sodium: 5mg | Sugar: 9g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 271mg | Calories: 67kcal | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 16g

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  1. 5 stars
    This is so refreshing! I loved all the flavors in it and it was perfect on a hot day next to grilled chicken.