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Cinco de Mayo Candy Recipes

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11. Spicy Peanut Brittle

Spicy Peanut Brittle
(c) 2009 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This Spicy Peanut Brittle recipe improves upon a classic candy by adding a modern element--smoky, spicy chipotle chile powder. If you cannot find chipotle chile powder, you can substitute another chile powder (preferably a smoked variety) instead.

12. Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans

Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans
(c) 2009 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This recipe for Sweet and Spicy Candied Pecans is a wonderful all-purpose candied nut recipe. The pecans, which have a crunchy mahogany coating of sugar and spice, can be used in candies and desserts, or are equally good when topping salads or savory dishes.

13. Spicy Party Nuts

Sweet and Spiced Nuts
(c) 2009 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Spicy Party Nuts have it all--tangy lime, sweet honey, and spicy chili powder and cumin flavors! These addicting treats bake up brown and crispy, and you’ll find that these nuts are the hit of your next party.

14. Lime-Coconut Truffles

lime truffles
(c) 2008 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
In this recipe for lime-coconut truffles, a white chocolate truffle base is infused with fresh lime zest and juice, then rolled in sweet coconut for a refreshing tropical candy.

15. Panela Pralines

Panela Pralines
(c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Panela Pralines are an unusual take on traditional pecan-based pralines. This version uses a Mexican brown sugar called panela and substitutes pine nuts for the pecans. The resulting candies are have a wonderful richness of flavor and texture, since the pine nuts are much softer than pecans and add a buttery, slightly sweet taste.

16. Sweet and Salty Pecan Drops

pecan drops
(c) 2008 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
These pecan drops, similar to pralines, feature the sweet taste of caramelized sugar offset by a hint of salt. I like to use a generous portion of salt because I love the contrast between sweet and savory, but you can use a lighter hand when sprinkling the salt if you prefer a sweeter candy.

17. Pistachio-Chile Bark

Pistachio Bark
(c) 2007 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com
This chocolate nut bark features two kinds of chocolate, roasted pistachios, and a surprising kick from cayenne pepper. It's nutty, sweet, spicy, and delicious!

18. Mango-Coconut Balls

mango bites
(c) 2008 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Sweet-tart mango is combined with coconut and a hint of spice in this refreshingly light candy. I added the cayenne powder to mimic the chile-mango flavor combination that is common in Mexican candies.

19. Mango Pâtes de Fruits

Mango Pate de Fruit photo
(c) 2011 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
These chewy fruit squares are vibrant with the fresh taste of mango. They make the perfect addition to a platter of sweets served at the end of a Cinco de Mayo party!

20. Candied Pineapple

Candied Pineapple
(c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This Candied Pineapple recipe is a classic that produces sweet, chewy candied pineapple that's perfect for using in baking recipes or for eating on its own.

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