How to Make Spicy Gummy Candy (Powered by Chamoy)

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Sweet and spicy is the name of the game. Chamoy on candy has been increasingly popular and it’s no wonder. In Mexican snack culture, chamoy is a must-try condiment. It adds a delicious spicy tanginess to candy that just tastes so bold. Not only is it easy to make, but it is easy to sell.

Chamoy is traditionally made with pickled fruits, lime juice, and chilli peppers. From a liquid to a paste, there are endless flavors and consistencies in chamoy sauces. However, the key elements in a good chamoy are sweetness and tanginess with a little bit of spice.

While homemade chamoy is the best way to dial in a strong fruit flavor, there are many brands of chamoy-flavored syrups that are commonly found in grocery stores. I say syrup because most of them are really just made of water, sugar, salt, and some food coloring.

Ingredients

Method

Step 1: Add candy to a bowl

Step 2: Add chamoy sauce to candy and mix until fully coated.

For this step, I highly recommend the chamoy Navolato de 5 Estrellas brand as a sauce if you don’t want to make your own. It uses pulp and comes in 5 flavors. The cheaper brands

Step 3: Sprinkle in Tajin to taste and mix as evenly as possible. (optional: mix in additional spice powder)

Optional: For a cool burst, refrigerate the gummies in an airtight container. For some candies, it will harden the chew. Cooled gushers are quite the treat on a hot day.

What is Chamoy?

Chamoy on a mangonada

Chamoy is a savory sauce with a combination of sour, sweet, salt, and a lil’ spice. It is made from dried fruits such as prunes, apricots, salt, lime and chili.

Typically it is drizzled over slices of fruits like pineapple, mango, or watermelon. With gummy candy, it is dangerously addicting.

If you want to skip making your own chamoy, Navolato is a solid brand because it uses actual pulp. If you do not mind using artificial flavors, chamoy-flavored sauce such as this is a common and cheap brand to use. To make your own chamoy sauce, read on!

What Candies Are Best With Chamoy?

Chewy candies such as gummies are perfect for chamoy. Chewing is the best way to savor the bold flavors. Here are some popular requested chamoy candies:

  • Gushers
  • Peach rings
  • Gummy Worms
  • Skittles
  • Starbursts

Fun ways to give chamoy sauce an extra kick

  • Add extra lime juice
  • Add a bit of tamarind paste or candy
  • Use dried hibiscus flowers for a bright tanginess

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