Tamarindo Candy

Homemade Tamarindo Candy! Transform tamarind pulp mixed with sugar and chile powder into a fun and delicious candy. This is a staple snack for any Mexican food lover!

Let me show you how easy it is to make Tamarindo Candy in three different versions so that you can enjoy them with your Tostilocos, Mangonadas, Raspados or just by themselves!

Tamarindo Candy on a white plate

I’m soooooo excited for you to try these because I KNOW you will love them. 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.

Making your own Tamarindo Candy is very easy! I’m not going to lie, it may be a little time consuming but the process is worth it. I promise ?

The rewards? You’ll get delicious homemade Mexican candy free of preservatives that are fun to eat!

A hand grabbing a candy ball from a plate.

Ingredients

To make Tamarindo Candies, you’ll need:

  • Tamarindos in pods – You can find them in the spice isle at any latin or asian store. They are also available online if you’re not lucky enough to find them locally.
  • Chili lime Powder Use my homemade recipe or something like Tajin.
  • Sugar – now I know there is a lot of sugar in this recipe but isn’t that’s how candy is made? 😀
  • Cornstarch – this acts as a binding ingredient and it does not provide any flavor. It just helps to keep the candy balls together better.
All Ingredients on a board

How to make Tamarindo Candy

Start by adding about half a cup of hot water to the tamarinds in a large bowl. You only want enough water to coat the fruit and start the softening process.

Adding water to a bowl with tamarindos

Soak the tamarind pods for about 20 minutes but stir them often to ensure they get coated evenly.

Wet Tamarindos in a white bowl

Prior to adding all of the ingredients, cut the tamarinds in chunks (with your hands) and remove as many of the fiber (veins) as you can. Don’t worry if not all of them are removed…it’s perfectly normal to find them in tamarind candy.

Also, don’t remove the seeds. They are an integral part of forming the balls as they help keep ball’s structure.

A mixing bowl with all ingredients

With a spatula or spoon, incorporate all of the ingredients together until a paste is formed.

Tamarindo pulp in a white bowl

Place the tamarind paste in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to let it rest.

When forming the balls, dampen your hands with water so that the paste does not stick to your hands. Roll the paste in your hands until a ball is formed.

Rolling the candy balls with your hands

Roll the balls in sugar with two spoons.

A word of caution! don’t use your hands when rolling them into the sugar as the heat of your hands will melt the sugar and will create a mess!

Coating candy balls in sugar

Follow the same steps for rolling them in the chili lime powder

Tamarindo candies on a white tray and a small bowl with chili powder in it.

FAQ

How would you describe Tamarindo?

Tamarinds have a mild flavor but are a little tart. This is why we add sugar to balance the acidity in the fruit. The fruit itself can be a little sticky as well.

What is Tamarindo candy made out of?

The main ingredients are tamarind pulp & sugar. For spicy ones, a little chili powder is added.

What is Mexican candy on a spoon?

In Mexico you’ll find white plastic spoons filled with tamarindo candy the wrapped in plastic wrap. They’re very popular and you can find them at candy and grocery stores. They are a quick fun way to enjoy your candy!

Homemade Tamarindo Candy is the best! Free of preservatives and also fun to make. The best part is that first bite…yum!

Spicy Tamarind Candy on a white bowl

More fun to eat recipes

Tamarindo Candy on a white plate

I hope you make this recipe and make it a fun activity to do with your friends or family!

If you do, let me know in the comments below how they turned out! ?

Enjoy!

xoxo, Ana

Candy balls on a white plate

Tamarindo Candy

Servings 24 balls
Ana Frias
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Homemade Tamarindo Candy! Transform tamarind pulp mixed with sugar and chile powder into a fun and delicious candy. This is a staple snack for any Mexican food lover!
24 balls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound Tamarind pods Skin removed with seeds in.
  • 1 cup hot water to hydrate the tamarinds
  • 16 ounces White sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Chili lime seasoning or chili powder like tajin
  • 4 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • Extra sugar and chili powder to coat balls

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, place the peeled tamarinds and add the hot water. You only want enough water to coat the fruit and start the softening process.
  • Soak the tamarind pods for about 20 minutes but stir them often to ensure they get coated evenly.
  • Prior to adding all of the ingredients, cut the tamarinds in chunks (with your hands) and remove as many of the fiber (veins) as you can. Don't worry if not all of them are removed…it's perfectly normal to find them in tamarind candy. (See note #1)
  • With a spatula or spoon, incorporate all of the ingredients together until a paste is formed.
  • Place the tamarind paste in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to let it rest.

Form the balls

  • To form the balls, dampen your hands with water so that the paste does not stick to your hands. Roll the paste in your hands until a ball is formed.
  • For sweet candy roll the balls in sugar with two spoons. (See note #2)
  • Follow the same steps for rolling them in the chili lime powder.
  • Store in a sealed container up to 1 month. Enjoy!

*Ana’s Notes:

#1 Don’t remove the seeds. They are an integral part of forming the balls as they help keep ball’s structure.
#2 For the sugar coating, don’t use your hands to roll the balls in the sugar. The heat of your hands will melt the sugar and will create a mess!

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1ball | Sodium: 75mg | Sugar: 12g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 95mg | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g

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A small pile of tamarindos

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5 Comments

  1. I am making these right now. My husband loves the red package pulparindos – the spicy ones. Should I add extra chile powder or follow the recipe?

    1. Hi Allison! So happy to hear you’re making them! You can add extra chile powder if you want. That’s the beauty of this recipe..it’s very flexible! You can do half and half to see which one you like the most 🙂

      Enjoy friend!
      Ana

  2. 5 stars
    We love this recipe for dulce de tamarindo it’s delish and very easy to do. My mom bought a bag of tamarindo to originally make agua de tamarindo but after seeing the bag for a while be moved from one place to another because we did not want to peel lol! I decided to look up a tamarindo candy recipe and discovered it was simple to make. My son and I will be making it for the 2nd time today and putting them in small cups with lids. Hoping they last till Easter we will be handing them out to the family and they will surely love and enjoy! Thank you for sharing this dulce recipe with us look forward in checking out some of your other creation!! : D