Monday, October 20, 2008

De la Rosa Mazapan

de La Rosa MazapanDe la Rosa Mazapan is a dulce de cacahuate or peanut confection. It seems like one of the most common candies to every culture is some sort of sweetened nut paste. Halvah, marzipan and if you throw in a little chocolate, gianduia, and all of their different variations.

I see these little disks of mazapan at the grocery stores all the time in Los Angeles, but this was the first time I saw them with their complete packaging with full ingredients & nutrition labeling. I picture them as something that a mom would tuck into their child’s lunch bag as a special little treat.

The ingredients are pretty simple and two thirds wholesome: peanuts and sugar and artificial flavors.

So first, I’ll tell you what I expected: I thought it’d be a sweet peanut butter disk. I thought it’d be like halvah, a little more crumbly than almond marzipan.

de La Rosa Mazapan

Here’s what it was actually like:

It was crumbly. When I opened the package it cracked into several large pieces easily. It smells wonderful, like peanut butter cookie dough.

But instead of being spiky and crystalline like halvah, it was smooth and cool on the tongue, dissolving like peanut butter flavored icing sugar.

Oh, it’s sweet. It’s absolutely more sugar than peanuts. The peanut flavor is throughout with some little crunchy chunks here and there.

I love the texture, though definitely not the mess. (Someday I’ll compile a list of “not keyboard friendly” candies and this will certainly be on it.) I wish it was just a little fattier, but far be it from me to mess with a traditional candy. Or maybe a little salt added, but again, that’s a personal preference, I like a bit of salt with my peanuts.

It strikes me that this would be a great hiking candy, a good mix of straight and easily accessible sugars and some satisfying protein. But again, it’s so very sweet and far too dry.

But I can’t really get behind it. Maybe I’ll give out the rest for Halloween. Or maybe try stuffing some into some crescent rolls to see what kind of a treat that makes.

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Name: Mazapan
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: de la Rosa
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only (Miracle Mile)
Price: $.99
Size: 7.9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 130
Categories: Peanuts, Mexico

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  1. I get thirsty just looking at that.  If it was saltier, a drink to wash it down would be mandatory.

    Comment by Dave on 10/20/08 at 11:58 am #
  2. When there was a yogurt store on every block—-around 1990—-we used to take this product and mix it with ground up peanuts.  We sold it to the yogurt store as a topping and it was one of our best sellers….Almost as good as scrapple…..david

    Comment by david klein on 10/27/08 at 7:55 pm #
  3. I bought the same candy also the same brand but covered with chocolate, it was a great experience, this is the place where i bought this product

    Comment by Daniel on 5/19/09 at 6:50 am #
  4. My mom and stepdad always buy these for my sister and I at the local Mercado… the mexican store. By far this is one of my favorite candies. It is a bit rich, and I ate one this morning after taking peanut butter and jelly shots last night, it was too much. But it is great and really sweet!

    Comment by Erica on 7/05/09 at 1:05 pm #
  5. I love these candies.  I grew up on them and I keep coming back.  They have this wonderful taste and texture. YUMMY.

    Comment by Vanessa on 8/19/10 at 1:57 pm #
  6. I would rate this candy 11, simply amazing!!!

    Comment by Anthony on 8/26/10 at 7:50 pm #
  7. I love this candy, my absolute favorite, and part of the fun is unrapping it carefully so it doesn’t break up; and it does make a great topping, I put it on cakes or cookies, big hit really smile

    Comment by Mike on 12/04/10 at 12:12 pm #
  8. Oh this is my all time favorite candy! Dry yes a bit…which makes the ice cold milk right after it even more delightful!!!!

    Comment by Linda Bottaro on 5/27/11 at 8:28 am #
  9. I eat these as “rewards” for myself, since they’re a huge 140 calories a piece. I love how they just melt in your mouth though, mmm!

    Comment by Asia on 12/19/11 at 6:14 pm #
  10. I grew up eating this and loved it… Recently was in Ensenada and discovered an even smallest size being sold and only 60 calories a piece. [12.5g ( this size I was only able to find in Mexico)].

    Comment by Reyna on 8/16/13 at 1:00 am #
  11. I found these for 25 cents at a liquor store

    Comment by dustin on 8/31/14 at 1:21 pm #
  12. I found a box of ones twice that size with twenty in it for 10 buck. SO excited to buy it soon. :D

    Comment by austin on 5/02/15 at 5:28 pm #
  13. I fell in love with this candy by sheer chance, my college was holding a “candy culture” day where candies from other countries were given out on a wheel spin… Anyway I wound up with De La Rosa (Mexico), Rom Dublu (Romania), and Kit Kat (Seriously?) anyway I loved Rom Dublu and De La Rosa so much I buy it everytime I stop by my local latino market… Yes it is awfully crumbly, and one of the many confectionary dreams Mexico has to offer… Sadly I cannot get Rom Dublu in US stores.

    Comment by Micheal on 12/02/15 at 6:04 am #
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