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Mar 18, 2002 06:00 PM

Strange Mexican candy

  • j

Last week, I picked up a 10-pack of Baby Lucas sour powder (aka polvo acidulce) on the candy shelf of the Hispanic section of a St. Paul, Minn. supermarket. It's packaged in what look like little salt shakers, and the main ingredients are sugar, salt, citric acid, and chili powder, so you're hitting a few flavor highlights together. Anyone familiar with this? Do you eat it in powder form, like pixie sticks? Do you sprinkle it on something? (I'm imagining a really odd sort of cinnamon toast.)

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  1. I remember something like this when I was a kid, and everyone I witnessed were consuming these in the same manner as pixie sticks.

    The "cinammon toast" idea sounds oddly appealing. The sweet, salty, sour, and spicy stuff on buttered toast doesn't sound particularly bad at all.

    1. Here in Chicago, we sprinkle it on peeled/chopped cucumber, chopped mango, pineapple, etc.
      There are other "flavours," like, Limon, Chili, etc.

      Erik M.

      p.s. I have seen NaCl-deprived children swiggin' straight from the container...

      1. Your description reminds me, in a way, of a Thai way of eating unripe mango.... peeled and sliced and sold with a small packet of sugar, salt & chili pepper.... it is really delicios.... aroy mahk mahk!!

        1. I've seen the salty/sugary/lime powder with the duck logo in Chicago liquor stores -- when I inquired about it, I was told that you use it in conjunction with tequila in a two-step process: 1) Pour powder on tongue, and 2) pour tequila down throat.

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          1. re: David

            Thats Wrong. Your Just supposed to eat it like a pixie stick.
            Nothing more or it will make an undesirable taste.

          2. c

            Without knowing it first-hand, I'm thinking I would try it (if I ever find it here in NYC) in lieu of brown sugar to roll a ripe plantain and fry it or, like my weight watching Costa Rican cousins do, wrap it in aluminum foil and bake it in the toaster oven. Maybe with the chili powder, I'd try this with a not-quite so rip plantain.

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            1. re: cypressstylepie

              I'd worry about the citric acid and the aluminum foil together.. you might get a nasty metallic flavor!