to find the Best Mexican Candy in Houston, most people turn to their local corner store, but there are plenty of small businesses in Houston that make Mexican candy that are also worth supporting. With tempting options like juicy chamois paste, spiced nuts, and chingona nuts, these small businesses earn legions of loyal fans with their creative, spice-infused goods. See below for a list of three upstart Mexican candy makers who are changing the game in Houston.
I started wanting to get pregnant mangonadas. Hazel Molina, owner of Pica Queen LLC, started making chamois from scratch eight years ago when she found out she was allergic to red food dye. During the pandemic, Molina and her husband both lost their jobs and decided to sell candy at farmers markets to support their family.
Their specially formulated seasoning is made with naturally sourced hibiscus and pepper that you get from the farmers’ markets themselves and is 100 percent natural, with no artificial flavors or added food dyes.
Stimulate all the taste buds on your tongue with Molina’s juicy chamois paste, which comes in several different flavors: watermelon, pineapple, lemon, mango and original. Or choose from a variety Dolls enchiladasLike gummy worms, gummy bears, sour watermelon patches, squirrels, cherry bombs, and more.
Pica Queen also sells dry spice mixes in small and large sizes for $6 and $11, and chamois paste in a dipping container for $10 or a squeeze bottle for $6 and $11. You can find Pica Queen at many weekend farmers markets around town, sometimes selling the popular agua fresca called Pica Sunrise, which contains pineapple and hibiscus.
Tijuas believes in the one flavor that Spanish culture loves: spice! The company noticed a niche for its filling in the Mexican candy industry in 2020, and decided to raise the level of seasoning in order to fill it. After a few trials and errors—including one where the dessert was so spicy you had to stop for a glass of water after five pieces—they perfected their recipe. although Dolls enchiladas It may still make your nose runny, the flavor is well balanced while giving you that spicy kick you’re looking for.
Spicy-covered defenses are the most well-known, but Peach Rings are the silent winner. Packages of candy and nuts start at $7, and if you eat them too quickly, you can buy a subscription box for $34.99.
Houston native and founder Natalie Garza had no plans to work for someone else. When she was 22 years old, she started her own candy business, today known as Chingona Picosita Candies. Translated to “spicy badass candy,” the company took off in March 2020 after Garza brewed a beer in her mother’s backyard and realized she was striving for something.
As soon as word spread in her family circle that she was making the traditional dessert, Garza began to get more creative. One of its staples is the Pickle Roll – a giant pickle wrapped in a fruit roll covered in its unique spice. Other popular items include chingona (Japanese peanuts) nuts, tamarind rim pastes for drinks and fruit, and a special hot sauce in an 8-ounce bottle for $10.
All snacks are sold by the ounce and start at $4, except for the streamer, which is $8 for 6 ounces. Garza sees Chingona Picosita Candies, winner of a Pica Fest award in 2021, as just the beginning.