Dulces Enchilados or Chamoy Candy

Just 4 ingredients is all you need to make chamoy candy or dulces enchilados. These chamoy soaked and Tajin sprinkled Mexican candies are sweet, tangy, tart and spicy too. Sometimes called chamoy candy or pica pica candy, these are an easy to make treat.

How to Make Chamoy Candy
Chamoy Candy

What Are Dulces Enchilados

Dulces enchilados translates to chile spiced candies. Another name for them is also chamoy candy, or some people also call them pica pica candy.

Whichever name you use, it’s all still describing the same Mexican candy made sweet, tart and spicy.

These treats are sold all over Mexico in the little shops (or tienditas), grocery stores, street vendors, and even at the candy shops of high end department stores. They’re an everyday snack or also fun treats at the fairs.

If you love sweet, savory and spicy together then chamoy candies are a must try. You don’t have to be in Mexico to try them, you can make them right at home.

Recipe for Mexican chamoy and Tajin gummies
Chamoy Candy Ingredients

Chamoy Candy Ingredients Needed

You only need 4 ingredients for these spicy Mexican candies.

  • candy (more info below)
  • chamoy sauce
  • powdered sugar
  • chile-lime seasoning or Tajin

You can get these ingredients at the Mexican grocery stores and some even at a regular grocery store, as well as Amazon.

A Healthier Variation

If you don’t to use candies and want a healthier variation then you could use dried fruits.

I’ve seen dried apples, pineapples and fruits like these prepared the same way as these candies. They’re also delicious and perhaps a tiny bit healthier.

Gummy Candies, Are they vegan?
Are Gummies Vegan

Is This Vegan?

No, it’s not.

The powdered sugar unless it states that it’s vegan, it isn’t. Refined white sugar is made using bone char to refine it, therefore it doesn’t qualify as vegan.

Depending on the chamoy sauce brand you use, some are made with artificial colors. Many artificial colors are not vegan. You could always make the chamoy at home to ensure it doesn’t have animal products.

The traditional candies used in dulces enchilados tend to be gummies.

Gummy candies are mostly made with gelatin, which is an animal product. Some too also have beeswax as an ingredient. Additionally some of the coloring used is not vegan. So be aware of this if you’re a strict vegan or vegetarian.

What Types of Candies to Use

The best types of candies to use for this recipe are ones that the sauce and chile powder will easily adhere to. Though you could use Skittles, the hard candy outer surface prevents the chamoy sauce mixture to stick to them.

  • peach rings
  • gummy bears
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Jujubes candy

You can use a mix of different candies or only use one type. It’s up to you.

If you buy the candies at a Mexican food store or Mexican candy store, look for the bags of mixed candies. That is what I used.

Peta has more information about which candies are vegan and the ingredients used in some that make them not be vegan or vegetarian friendly. Check out the article here, “Which Candies are Vegan?“.

Candies with Chamoy Sauce and Tajin
Gummy Candies with Chamoy and Tajin

More Sweet and Spicy Mexican Treats to Try

Below are some more fun Mexican treats you can enjoy as a snack or dessert.

How to Make Chamoy Candy
How to Make Chamoy Candy

How to Make Chamoy Candy

This is one of the easiest and quickest treats you can make in a quick short steps.

  • Whisk the chamoy sauce and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Mix until there are no sugar lumps. If you keep your chamoy in the fridge like me, then you can microwave the mixture for 10 seconds to help melt the sugar. Allow to cool before continuing. 
How to make chamoy sauce for candies.
Chamoy and Powdered Sugar
  • Mix in the candies into the bowl, mix until everything is well coated.
  • Sprinkle in the Tajin or chili powder and mix until well combined. 
  • Serve and sprinkle more chile powder if desired. Enjoy
How to Make Chamoy Candy
Candies with Chamoy Sauce and Tajin

Helpful Tips

You’ll noticed that I mixed the candies right into the bowl of the chamoy sauce. You can do this if you are using a variety of candies or gummies.

Instead of doing it like I did, you could set up small bowls with the different candies. Then pour the chamoy sauce into each individual bowl and mix until well combined. Or if you use bowls with lids then you can cover them and just shake until the candies are well coated.

This last idea is great so that people you share with, don’t have to pick out only the candies they like.

How to Serve Dulces Enchilados

These can be enjoyed as a fun snack anytime you like. They are a great treat when you’re watching movies or sports on TV. Pair them with your favorite Mexican beer and it’s delicious.

You could also serve them at a party for kids or adults, Halloween parties too. Add them to the food table — this is when separating the candy varieties into their own bowls would be a great idea.

How to Store

To store any leftovers make sure you place then in an airtight container. If you live in a hot place like I do, you may want to place them in the fridge.

Consume within a couple of days of making for best taste.

How to Make Chamoy Candy

Dulces Enchilados or Chamoy Candy

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
Just 4 ingredients is all you need to make chamoy candy or dulces enchilados. These chamoy soaked and Tajin sprinkled Mexican candies are sweet, tangy, tart and spicy too. Sometimes called chamoy candy or pica pica candy, these are an easy to make treat.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 1072 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz candies of your choice
  • ¼ cup chamoy sauce
  • Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons of Tajin seasoning or chile powder

Instructions
 

  • Whisk the chamoy sauce and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Mix until there are no sugar lumps. If you keep your chamoy in the fridge like me, then you can microwave the mixture for 10 seconds to help melt the sugar. Allow to cool before continuing.
    How to Make Chamoy Candy
  • Mix in the candies into the bowl, mix until everything is well coated.
    How to make chamoy sauce for candies.
  • Sprinkle in the Tajin or chili powder and mix until well combined.
    How to Make Chamoy Candy
  • Serve and sprinkle more chile powder if desired. Enjoy!
    Candies with Chamoy Sauce and Tajin

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Notes

Please note that the nutritional amount is incorrect due to the fact that it will entirely depend on what candies you use. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4servingsCalories: 1072kcalCarbohydrates: 260gProtein: 27gSodium: 134mgSugar: 143g
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Gummy Candies with Chamoy and Tajin
Chamoy Candy with Tajin

Get The Ingredients

I’ve done a search on Amazon for the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe. I like to use the peach flavored chamoy sauce from Tajin brand.

I’ve also included a couple of vegan gummies, but if you click here there’s a full search of candy options for you.

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  1. 5 stars
    I will try them soon absolutely! A Mexican touch for halloween… hehe! Thank´s for sharing, your recipes are always awesome!!!… o)

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