My Spanish teacher, Samantha who has finished her third year of university training to be a psychologist but needs to pass the Level 4 English exam to begin her final year, has me reading a children’s book about Mexican candies who talk to each other at night. I wondered what these treats actually tasted like. Our friends Matt and Allan were invited to their housekeeper’s daughter’s birthday party last week and received a bag of sweets which they passed on to me. My favorite is the “Bald Head, Some Hair” of Tamarindo (spicy chili) flavored jell that squeezes out the top when the blue plunger is pushed down.
Samantha’s favorite is a small plastic packet called Pico Rey. Inside is granulated sugar, salt and chili pepper. Last night while we cooked dinner, she licked every morsel from the package.