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5 Unusual Mexican Treats to Tempt Your Taste Buds This Summer

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Known for its spices and tantalizing flavors, Mexican treats have long been a favorite go-to snack to cool off during the hot summer months. Not only do they provide a mouth-watering experience of flavorful concoctions put together to create a delicious and refreshing cocktail of sorts, but there are also unique snack offerings that will make you go “mmm.” Below are five unique Mexican treats you can find across our great state of Texas among the many food stands around.

1. Mangonadas

Mexican treats

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A Mexican delicacy known around town as mangonada is a favorite summer time snack to cool down and spice up any pallet. It is the perfect blend of a sweet, sour, and spicy mixture made up of your favorite combination of treats such as chunks of mango drenched with chamoy, lime juice, and chili powder to top it off. “Chamoy is a sweet and spicy sauce made from dried apricots that are used as a dip for fruit or in paletas and raspados,” shares dorastable.com.

Some are even topped off with candies such as gummy bears, sour belts, sour worm candy, strawberries, pineapples, cucumbers, and jicama. A great recipe for a mouthwatering mangonada can be found at dorastable.com.

2. Paletas

Paletas

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Mexican paletas, or popsicles, are a favorite go-to snack, but these aren’t just your ordinary popsicles. Paletas come in a variety of flavors and combinations each with its own unique twist. There are paletas made up of coconut, lime, mango, pineapple. You name it; there is probably a paleta out there you have fond memories of. You can even come across paletas de cactus or a popsicle with pieces of cactus. There are even paletas de mango y chile powder or paletas de guayaba. The sky’s the limit when it comes to these Mexican frozen delicacies.

3. Elotes

Elote

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Elotes are a Mexican delicacy served up straight on the cob or cut up and placed in a cup. Doesn’t sound much different than your traditional corn on the cob, but this version is smothered in crema (cream), lime, mayonnaise, chili pepper, and queso fresco (fresh crumbled cheese). Whether you smoother your corn on the cob or pile layer after layer of its delicious ingredients in a cup, it makes for a great on-the-go snack full of flavor and spices leaving your taste buds wanting more. Street corn is a well-known snack in Mexico, Houston, and beyond as this traditional dish is a favorite.

4. Dorilocos

Dorilocos

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This Mexican snack has been around for about 15 years. Dorilocos is well a snack that has gone a bit loco with its coupled ingredients mixed in a bag of nacho cheese Doritos and served up proudly on the streets of Mexico.

Because everything is bigger in Texas, of course, this tantalizing snack full of robust flavors has become a favorite as well among Texas residents making it ever so popular. The mixture includes the nacho cheese Doritos topped with pickled pork skin, jicama, hot sauce, cucumbers, carrots, peanuts, and here’s the catch – it even includes a portion of gummy bears to give that sweet and spicy taste that makes this snack truly out of this world.

5. Churros

Churros

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One of this Hill Country writer’s favorite Mexican sweet treats is the churro. They can be fried and rolled into long tubes, sometimes twisted to add to its artistry,  without any fillings and sprinkled with sugar. These make a perfect accompaniment to dip in a cup of Abuelita hot chocolate or a cup of champurrado, a traditional thick Mexican drink made of corn masa and chocolate. For an even more authentic version of the churro, you will find them stuffed with different fillings like dulce de leche, chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry. A scrumptious melt in your mouth churro can also include a version filled with Nutella.

These may not be your ordinary run of the mill snacks, but they are some old time favorites many grew up with and continue to enjoy not only in Mexico but across the great state of Texas.