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Pepitoria de Coco (Coconut Brittle)

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Pepitoria de Coco (Coconut Brittle)

David Kahn | Jan 18, 2008 02:32 PM

I went to Chichen Itza in the Mercado La Paloma (http://www.mercadolapaloma.com/restau... ) a couple of weeks ago for some cochinita pebil, and on my way out I wanted to pick up some candy for the MIssus at Oaxacalifornia, that little aguas frescas/juice/ice cream place. Usually, I get some candied tropical fruit that always looks so good but frequently actually ends looking better than it tastes. Anyway, for some reason I picked up a cookie-shaped round piece of something called "Pepitoria de Coco (Coconut Brittle)" made by a company called Las Trojes in Stanton, California. The only ingredients listed are coconut and sugar, and it's genuinely wonderful. It has a beautiful, complex, slightly bitter caramel flavor combined with a fabulous, chocolaty, toasted coconut taste. The texture is crisp, like a good English toffee. This stuff is one of the best Mexican candies I've tasted; it's really, really good.

So, as soon as I tried this stuff, I went back and bought all they had (which was only like four pieces). But when I went to Taqueria Vista Hermosa in the MLP for lunch this week, Oaxacalifornia had restocked. (I bought six more!) I was actually a little hesitant to even post about this for fear of disrupting my supply, but then I decided that it's too good to be secret. Also, there are (of course) probably lots of vendors outside of MLP that carry it. If you like this sort of thing, it's definitely worth a try.

Also, as an aside, there is a similar candy made with honey and pumpkin seeds that you should avoid. As good as the pepitoria de coco is, the pumpkin seed version is awful.

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