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What's your favorite oddball candy?

A co-worker brought in a bunch of leftover pinata candy, and as I was reaching in, she said, "You're the only one who likes the chili kind!" I love all the Mexican candies with either tamarind or chili or both. I also love Mexican fudge. What are your favorite off-the-beaten path sweets?

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  1. Do tell, what is Mexican fudge? Hurry, I'm salivating!

    1. It's just made from milk and sugar -- it's called leche quemada. It's kind of like penuche, but made with white sugar instead of brown. It's available in many Mexican markets in the small cases that hold fresh pralines, coconut fudge-type stuff, etc.

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      1. re: Chowpatty

        Mmmmm...I will check it out. Do you think Vallarte Mexican Market will have it?

        1. re: liu

          I'm not familiar with Vallarte, but I think in general the smaller mom 'n pop places are more likely to have the fresh candy case up front. In L.A., it's also available at Grand Central Market and Olvera Street.

          1. re: Chowpatty

            Grand Central Market -- that works! Thanks!!

      2. Durian candy. Sort of like salt-water taffy, but durian-flavored. Also, ting-ting jahe, the sticky ginger candy from southeast Asia. And, though it's not quite candy, Choward's Scents gum.

        1. I love the lavender gum, it reminds me of my mom! That must be where I got my wierd candy genes, she was always buying odd stuff like that gum (and the mints, too).

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          1. re: Chowpatty

            Hi Chowpatty,

            Any idea where one would get that purple gum ? Did it look like purple chicklets ?

            1. re: MMRuth

              I love the double salted licorice. I have friends who bring back quite a variety of salted licorices from the Netherlands.Yum!