Mexican candies are a highlight of just how diverse the cuisine of the country is. These sweet delicacies come in a wide variety of natural and nutritious ingredients, colors, textures and shapes. They are also well known for its authentic and unique fusion of flavors, as they often consist of a blend of sweet, spicy and salty flavors that empower the overall taste of the candy.
Sweet recipes have become richer and richer over time in terms of culinary values, which reflect the traditions handed over from generation to generation. For example, during t153he Pre-Hispanic period, amaranth and honey were used to elaborate one of the most popular candies in Mexico:the Alegrias – amaranth bars dotted with a raisins and pecans that derived their name from the Spanish word for “happiness”.
When the Spaniards arrived, traditional candies were reinvented by incorporating new ingredients and techniques such the sugar art. During the Colonial times, desserts and candies were made by nuns in the states of Puebla, Queretaro and Michoacán, and each convent specialized in a different kind – Alfeñiques, Doraditas, Rompope and Aleluyas were born.
Mexican candies vary from region to region, as a result of the different climates, local ingredients, and techniques learned over the centuries. Nonetheless, some of the most popular variations can be found from street vendor at Chapultepec, the Historic Center of Mexico City and Xochimilco.
Discover the sweeter side of Mexico and explore the multitude of delicacies this country has to offer. Witness years of tradition that have delighted children and adults alike, celebrate Children’s Day tasting some of the following candies: Cajeta, Glorias, Mazapanes, Tamarindos, Dulce de Leche, Chongos Zamoranos, Obleas, Borrachitos, Cocadas, Marinas and Palanquetas.
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