If you've ever been tempted by the unfamiliar snacks at the local bodega, but unsure about what you're getting yourself into, check out this helpful photo guide to Mexican sweets and snacks from Saveur. Identifying snacks like tart tamarind candies and sour-spicy potato chips, it has me itching to try some new treats.
Many Mexican candies balance sweetness with savory and spicy flavors, such as Vero Mango, a fruity lollipop covered with a salty chile paste coating. Creamy cows' or goats' milk caramel shows up sandwiched between wheat wafers in obleas and rolled with chopped pecans in Glorias candies.
Striped coconut cookies, lime- and chile-spiked chips and tamarind fruit leather bars are a few other snacks that use some of my favorite flavors, reminding me that I need to be a little more adventurous the next time I pop into the corner store.
See the full photo & guide: Mexican Snack Foods at Saveur
Do you have any favorite Mexican sweets or snacks?
(Image: Todd Coleman/Saveur)