Las Delicias Mexicanas

Photos by Jay Francis

Las Delicias, a new wholesale/retail store on Airline Boulevard just up from Teotihuacan, is selling traditional Mexican candies. There's the variety made by cooking fresh fruits and vegetables (pumpkin, for example) in sugar syrup, and also ate, a fresh-fruit puree in bar form, hard candies, chocolate-covered peanut marzipan, and the famous goat's-milk dulce de leche known as cajeta.

The word "cajeta" is interesting -- it actually means "little box." Made in Celaya, cajeta originally was packaged in little souvenir boxes for travelers returning to Mexico City. Over time, when people wanted the candy, they would just ask for "cajeta," and the name became synonymous with the candy.

Dulce de leche obleas

Definitely try the obleas, a dulce de leche caramel sandwiched between two wafers. Obleas date back to Spain but took on a new popularity in Mexico.

If you don't speak Spanish, no problem - the staff at Las Delicias is bilingual.

Coconut candy in the colors of the Mexican flag

Nut brittle candies

Pumpkin candies

Several varities of coconut candies

A surfeit of sweets

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