Halloween is here and as everyone knows, part of the fun of handing out candy to trick-or-treaters is buying your favorite kind so that you can steal some from the stash. While most people hand out common American favorites, I always thought it would be fun to introduce the kids in my neighborhood to something new – something Latin American!
My first candy choices to hand out to trick-or-treaters would be Bubu Lubus, a Mexican candy bar made from marshmallow and strawberry jelly and enrobed in chocolate. I'm also fond of Pollo Alvbro Pollito Asado lollipops which are shaped like little roast chickens, but thankfully are a spicy apricot flavor.
I decided to ask my blogger friends with roots from all over Latin America, which candies they would hand out to trick-or-treaters. Here's what they had to say!
"Canillitas de Leche! [A Guatemalan candy made from sweetened condensed milk.]" – Ana, SpanglishBaby
"They're not a candy, but I would love to hand out Saladitos on Halloween! They're dried, salted plums. I can't find them here in Jalisco, but they were my favorite salty treat when I was a kid. And it was the first thing I wanted to buy when we'd cross the border into San Luis, Rio Colorado, Sonora." – Leslie, La Cocina de Leslie
"Fruna from Peru! [They] are sort of like Starbursts but better!" – Rosa Accidental Sexiness
"Lucas, Pulparindots, Mazapan, Chiclets, Duvalin, Chamoy y Tamarindo - all Mexican candy. But if I got my hands on some I'm not too sure I would be able to hand it out! My real favorite is the Nestle Carlos V Milk Chocolate Bar from Mexico. I love the flavor of the Carlos V chocolate. [There's] nothing else like it on earth." – Eva, Tech Food Life
"Pulparindo, Pelon Pelo Rico, anything made with tamarindo!" - Claudya, Unknown Mami
"Bombombunes, Chocolatinas Jet y Nucitas!!! Deliciosos dulcecitos colombianos." – Natalia, Comiendo en LA
"Mazapanes [and] oblejas." – Vianney, Sweet Life Bake
Tracy López is a bilingual writer living outside the Washington DC metro area. She is the founder of Latinaish.com.