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Mexican Tamarind aka Tamarindo Candy

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The Tamarind fruit is very acidic can be extremely sour by itself, but with a little preparation, you can have a delicious sweet and sour treat. Adding some powdered chili will give you some spice as well..

 Lets get started..

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

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Here is what you will need:

1 pound Tamarind pods
1 to 1 1/2 cups of water
2 1/2 cups sugar (save a 1/2 cup for later)
1 teaspoon salt
1 to 2 tablespoons Chile de arbol (optional and to taste) or cayenne
 
I'm surprised that the seeds may stay in. How does one negotiate the eating of these candies? just chew/suck around the seeds?
Evolguy (author)  Justincorrigible2 years ago
Usually the candy is just sucked on, the tamarind melts in your mouth and you just spit out the seeds.. You can remove the seeds, it just takes a little bit longer..
This looks great. :D
Evolguy (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thank you..
gemtree4 years ago
*drool* I have a heavy addiction to tamarind. This is AWESOME! Thanks! I shall print and buy! I will let you know how it works out. *wipes drool*
ccantin4 years ago
YUMMY!
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Wow! That looks like an intense process. Well done!
Evolguy (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago
Thank you.. It's not to bad once the Tamarinds are shelled..