One of the best things about traveling — or knowing a fellow traveler — is getting to try candy from around the world. While every country sells candy, every culture prefers its own particular flavors and they don’t always translate. Mexican candy is no exception as Hornet’s New York team found out.
At a recent New York City meeting, Hornet’s social media manager Ricardo Peralta brought some candy from his home in Mexico City. And just like we’re all told to do in kindergarten, Ricardo shared his candy with his friends.
Ricardo brought a few different varieties. While not everything was a hit with the team, there were some clear winners — especially the dulce de leche.
If you’re wondering what Mexican candy in particular the team tried, they are:
- Alegría: Made out of toasted amaranth (a grain similar to quinoa) and mixed with honey.
- Palanqueta: A hard-sugar candy with nuts, sort of like peanut brittle.
- Tamarindo: As the name implies, this is candy made out of the fruit from the Tamarind tree and is both sweet and sour.
- Cocada: A traditional coconut candy made with eggs and shredded coconut.
- Jamoncillo: Sometimes called Mexican fudge, it’s a simple candy made of milk, butter and sugar.
- Dulce de leche: A churro filled with dulce de leche, a caramel sauce made from slowly heating milk and sugar.
- Freskas: A chocolate candy made by Nestlé, a malted milk ball type of candy, but with a colorful fruit-flavored inside.
Overall, the Dulce de leche and the Freskas were the winners. Either the Alegría or the Jamoncillo were the least popular, but even they had their defenders.
If you’re curious about trying these candies for yourself — take a trip to Mexico City! Or if you can’t afford a special trip just for Mexican candy, many of these candies can be found at online retailers.