Chamoy candy takes bold and intense Mexican flavors and turns them into tasty, bite-sized treats. Spicy, tangy, sweet, salty, and umami flavors will give your taste buds a run for their money.
Do you think you can handle it?!
If you're a sweets fan, you've come to the right place! This simple chamoy candy (or dulces enchilados) recipe comes together in under 5 minutes, then you'll have access to fun and spicy Mexican candy all day!
What are dulces enchilados?
Dulces enchilados (or chile candies) are a spicy Mexican candy sold by street vendors (or mass-produced by large companies) all around the country. But, they're extremely easy to make at home!
Simply mix the chamoy and powdered sugar in a bowl, coat your candies, then sprinkle them with Tajin seasoning.
What you end up with is a sweet, spicy, salty, tangy, and umami-flavored chamoy candy recipe that is extremely addicting!
In case you didn't know, chocolate was first cultivated in Mexico. It was used as a form of currency and often consumed in ceremonies and celebrations.
It was common for many Indigenous civilizations to add spices (like chiles) in order to give this bitter treat more flavor.
It wasn't until the Spanish conquest that sugar was integrated into Mexican cuisine. It was added (in mass) to many traditional foods, and the idea of candy was popularized.
Although there's no concrete history on when dulces enchilados were created, they likely gained popularity from both the spicy Aztec history and the sweet Spanish influence.
Eat dulces enchilados for a snack on the go, after a meal as a treat, or whenever you're in the mood for a sweet and spicy combo.
You'll catch us snacking on our spicy candy with an ice-cold agua fresca (or two).
Just make sure the ingredient lists don't include gelatin or beeswax and this treat will be 100% vegan and gluten-free!
Do you have a favorite way to make chamoy candy? Let us know in the comments below.
🍲 Key ingredients
For a complete ingredient list and step-by-step guide, scroll down to our recipe card.
Pick and choose your favorites candies to add even more sweet and sour flavors to this recipe. Just remember, if you're wanting to make vegan chamoy candy, check the ingredients for beeswax or gelatin. Here are some ideas:
- Peach rings
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
- Gum drops
- Gummy bears
- Dried mangoes
Taste: chamoy is a tried and true Mexican condiment that delivers sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy flavors. It's surprisingly easy to make and takes this dulces enchilados recipe up a notch.
Health: because of the chiles, fruit, and citrus added to homemade chamoy, it contains a lot more health benefits than the store-bought stuff. When made fresh, chamoy is loaded with vitamin A, C, potassium, and many other powerful antioxidants.
Taste: if this treat isn't sweet enough already, you'll be glad to know there is powdered sugar involved. We add this mostly for the corn starch component, which thickens up the chamoy so it evenly coats the candies.
Fun fact: also called confectioners sugar, this type of granulated sugar is ground finely and mixed with 1-3% starch to avoid caking or clumping.
Taste: this popular Mexican chile-lime seasoning is spicy and extremely tangy. You'll see it added to just about everything on the streets of Mexico. At first, it's a lot to take in, but it quickly becomes addicting.
Health: since it's made from chiles, Tajin benefits from a special compound called capsaicin. Not only does this ingredient make chile peppers spicy, but it's known as a powerful anti-inflammatory, appetite suppressant, and helpful way to increase metabolism.
If you have questions about this chamoy candy recipe, don't forget to check out our FAQ section at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: combine the powdered sugar and chamoy together in a bowl. Whisk until no clumps remain. Note: you can microwave the mixture to smooth it out, but we don't think it's necessary.
Step 2: add about 70 grams of whichever candy you're using (see key ingredients section for ideas) to a container with a few teaspoons of the chamoy mixture. Shake or mix to coat the candy.
Step 3: mix in a bit of Tajin (more if you prefer spicy, less if you prefer sweet). Continue this process until you run out of chamoy mixture or candy. Serve immediately. Happy eating!
Since this spicy candy recipe is great to snack on throughout the day, just follow these instructions to keep them fresh!
Dulces enchilados are extremely quick and easy to throw together, so making huge batches isn't really necessary. We usually keep ours at room temperature for about 1 or 2 days max.
If you prefer your spicy Mexican candy on the cooler side, you can keep this recipe in the fridge for up to 3 days or so for optimal freshness.
💭 Pro tips
Time to share our tips and tricks we learned while putting this chamoy candy recipe together:
- Prepare your own chamoy. To create the best and most flavorful recipe, make chamoy from scratch.
- Skip the powdered sugar. If your chamoy is thick or you don't have powdered sugar, this recipe can easily made without it.
- Try it with fruit. Instead of using candy, try dulces enchilados with dried fruit like mangoes or papayas.
- Adjust the spiciness. If you like your chamoy candy extra spicy, just add more Tajin or a pinch of cayenne.
🍴 Tasting notes
This spicy Mexican candy may seem crazy at first, but once you try making dulces enchilados, you'll be hooked! They're:
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- Mixing bowls
- Measuring spoons
- 2 tablespoons chamoy ($0.06)
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar ($0.01)
- 2-3 tablespoons Tajin ($0.02)
- Peach rings
- Gummy bears
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
- First, combine the powdered sugar and chamoy together in a bowl. Whisk until no clumps remain.
- Add about 70 grams of whichever candy you're using to a container with 1-2 teaspoon of chamoy mixture. Shake or mix well.
- Add in about 1-3 teaspoon of Tajin per container (or more if you prefer). Continue this process until you run out of chamoy mixture or candies. Serve immediately. Happy eating!
- If you prefer a lower sugar recipe, try this coating on dried fruit like mangoes or papayas, and don't include the powdered sugar.
- Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
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♻️ Similar recipes
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- Mangonada for a refreshing drink filled with sweet, sour, spicy, salty, and umami flavors (plus, a tasty tamarind straw).
- Tamarindo candy if you love tangy candies and want to taste a classic recipe sold all over Mexico.
- Pepinos locos to try another crazy, spicy, and flavor-packed snack made from a base of cucumber cups.
- Tostilocos for a street snack that's been served since the 90s featuring chips, fruit, and tamarind candy smothered in spicy sauce (of course).
We think the best candy for dulces enchilados is either some type of gummy ring or gummy bears. But, pick your favorites as they all taste great!
Dulces enchilados are only gluten-free if the candy you choose doesn't contain gluten. Just make sure to double-check the package, but the rest of the ingredients are gluten-free.
Chamoy candy is definitely not a "health food." Our advice is to consume this snack in moderation if you do decide to make it.