Considering that there are literally hundreds of millions of TikTok users all over the globe, it’s not surprised that the social video app is having a major influence on food trends. That’s certainly true in Dallas, where the spicy-sweet — and virally popular — candies known as dulces enchilados are popping up all over the city.
And despite the ephemeral nature of the app, this candy trend has persisted on TikTok for more than a year. At present, there are thousands of videos on TikTok demonstrating how dulces enchilados, which roughly translates to “spicy sweets,” are made. A variety of candies, ranging from Skittles to Gushers and gummy bears, are drenched in chamoy syrup, then tossed in spicy Tajin seasoning. Sometimes other ingredients, like powdered sugar, lime juice, and Lucas candy in flavors like mango or watermelon, are added to the mixture. The resulting treats boast that crave-worthy, spicy-sweet-sour flavor profile that is common among Mexican candies like Pulparindo and Salsaghetti.
Thanks to the rising popularity of dulces enchilados, the candies can now be found in a wide variety of establishments across the metroplex. From barbecue joints to upstart Instagram shops that will deliver these spicy, sticky candies directly to your door, here’s where to score dulces enchilados in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Most folks headed to Nubia’s Drive-Thru — which isn’t actually a drive-thru, but its current owners kept the name in homage to the original location — are in search of the shop’s juicy, cheesy birria tacos and giant slushies laden down with Kool-Aid pickles or candy. But don’t sleep on the assortment of dulces enchilados sitting on the counter. Priced between $10 and $12 for a pint container, find Skittles, Gushers, gummy bears, and more candies that will make for a perfect post-taco snack. (Pro-tip: Bring cash, or be prepared to pay via Venmo or CashApp.)
Nubia’s Drive-Thru, 4002 Urban Avenue, Dallas.
As its name would indicate, chamoy-covered candies are the prime focus for this Rowlett candy purveyor. A seriously extensive variety of candies are on offer, including sour Skittles, Jolly Rancher chews, peach rings, Fruit By The Foot, and tropical Starbursts. Prices range from $6-10, and according to the shop, all orders are made fresh and available for same-day pick-up. Need something to wash down all that candy? Ask about freshly made agua frescas in flavors like horchata and jamaica. Chamoy Treats only accepts orders via its Instagram and Twitter accounts. Send a direct message for more details on the menu, how to order, and pick-up and delivery options.
As if the succulent brisket and snappy sausages weren’t enough of a reason to make the drive to Grand Prairie, Zavala’s Barbecue just added dulces enchilados to the menu last week. “We wanted bring a new dessert to the menu,” a rep for the restaurant tells Eater. “It felt right.” A variety of candies will be on offer each week, including Gushers and chamoy-coated gummy worms.
Zavala’s Barbecue, 421 West Main Street, Grand Prairie
Based in Fort Worth, Enchiloso Drip’s menu includes dulces enchilados like Gushers, Skittles, gummy bears, Sour Patch watermelons, and pineapple Skwinkles. The shop also sells chamoy-based rim paste, an equally popular sweet treat that’s used to coat the rims of beer cans, White Claws, and pretty much any cocktail. To order, send the shop a direct message on Instagram, and be prepared to pay in exact cash upon pick-up in southwest Fort Worth.
Available in both original and an extra-spicy version, Spice Cvndy boasts that it is the “first & only” dulces enchilados purveyor to sell chili-coated candies for the heat averse. This Instagram shop ships nationwide and offers local pick-up and delivery in Dallas-Fort Worth, which means that there’s really no reason to not load up on chamoy-soaked Life Savers, mango gummies, peach rings, or a mix of all of the above. Follow Spice Cvndy on Instagram for more details on how to order.
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