In the colorful tapestry of Mexican cuisine, tamarind candy stands out as a beloved treat cherished for its sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy flavor. Derived from the pulp of the tamarind fruit, this candy offers a delightful combination of sweetness and acidity that tantalizes the taste buds. Whether enjoyed as a nostalgic childhood favorite or discovered as a culinary adventure, tamarind candy never fails to captivate with its unique taste and texture. In this blog post, I’ll guide you through the simple steps to create your own batch of homemade tamarind candy, allowing you to savor the authentic flavors of Mexico in every bite. So, let’s dive into the vibrant world of tamarind candy and embark on a culinary journey together!


  • 1 cup tamarind pulp (from about 8-10 tamarind pods)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional, for a spicy kick)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Additional sugar for coating (optional)


Begin by preparing the tamarind pulp. Remove the outer shells from the tamarind pods and discard them. Place the tamarind pulp in a bowl and cover it with warm water. Let it soak for about 15-20 minutes to soften.

Once the tamarind pulp has softened, use your fingers to break it apart and remove any seeds. Discard the seeds and transfer the pulp to a blender or food processor.

Add the granulated sugar, salt, chili powder (if using), and water to the blender or food processor with the tamarind pulp.

Blend the mixture until smooth and well combined, scraping down the sides of the blender or food processor as needed to ensure everything is evenly mixed.

Once the mixture is smooth, transfer it to a small saucepan.

Cook the tamarind mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens to a jam-like consistency. This will take about 5-7 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the tamarind mixture cool slightly.

While the mixture is still warm, roll it into small balls or shape it into squares using your hands. If the mixture is too sticky, you can lightly grease your hands with oil to prevent sticking.

If desired, roll the shaped tamarind candy in additional sugar to coat the exterior for added sweetness and texture.

Place the tamarind candy on a parchment-lined baking sheet or plate and let it cool completely at room temperature.

Once cooled, your homemade tamarind candy is ready to be enjoyed! Store the candy in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

With its irresistible combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors, homemade tamarind candy is a true delight for the senses. Whether enjoyed as a standalone treat or incorporated into your favorite Mexican desserts and snacks, this beloved candy offers a taste of tradition that’s sure to leave a lasting impression. So, gather your ingredients and embark on a culinary adventure that celebrates the vibrant flavors of Mexico. With a little time and effort, you can create a batch of homemade tamarind candy that’s as delicious as it is unforgettable. ¡Buen provecho!