Maybe I'm craving sugar because of the recession
, but I'll go with Mexican candy over Twizzlers and Kit Kats any day (try Pulparindo and see if you're not a convert
). Mexican confections tend to be more inventive (like a mango-shaped and
flavored lollipop), but really it's the spicy-sour-sweet flavors that make them so addictive.
Wandering around Sunset Park, I found a bakery (Panderia Mi Mexico Pequeno, 4513 Fifth Avenue) with a good selection of candies I hadn't tried before. You can also find these candies at many bodegas or on Mexgrocer.com
Like the inside of a Pixie Stix only better, Lucas Baby (packed in what looks like a baby bottle) is just a whole bunch of sour-sweet powder. This one is mango flavored, and I swear, it's really, really good.
How could any lollipop be more exciting than one called called Rockaleta Diablo? The pop is layered--coated in a sticky chile powder-tamarind goop on the outside, followed by a sweet chile-flavored lollipop, with bubble gum in the core.
Only for those who like their gum with those weird gushy centers, this Bubbaloo gum (knock-off of Bubblelicious?) is sweet-tart tamarind flavored, the middle filled with spicy goop.