Last Updated on October 28, 2022 by Jim Edwards
If you like hot and spicy sweets, Hot Tamales are one of the most well known mildly hot candies. Hot Tamales have been in existence since 1950, which tells you just how great they are. Of course, nothing mediocre stays relevant for such a long time, but these candies have passed the test of time. So let’s take a look at some details about this hot and spicy candy!
History of Hot Tamales Candy
The idea of the Hot Tamales Candy saw the light of the day in 1950. As of 1999, it had become so popular that it still remains the most popular cinnamon-flavored candy from sales.
Over the years, different varieties have been released. For example, the brand released the Hot Tamales 3 Alarm flavor in 2011, and the Hot Tamales Tropical Heat came later in 2014. Finally, Hot Tamales Ice emerged in 2018.
What are Hot Tamales Candy?
As the name suggests, the candy’s flavor is as spicy-hot as that of the tamales. In addition, they are chewy with a spicy cinnamon flavor. The oblong shape is also hard to miss. All the ingredients are domestic, and it is created and packaged in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They are a great addition to any event, including Easter, Christmas, and Halloween. In addition to that, it is also a great snack on normal occasions. Yes, there is heat after a bite since they are spicy, and the sweetness is also undeniable, and the combination is perfect.
If you are looking for gluten-free and fat-free candies, this is an amazing choice. The various flavors also make them perfect for hosting a party.
Hot Tamales Candy Flavors
Different people have various preferences. With that in mind, Just Born has put many flavors at the disposal of candy lovers. They include:
- Hot Tamales candy original: Cinnamon flavor
- Hot Tamales Fire: it was previously known as Super Hot Hot Tamales. Its color is darker, and the flavor is hotter.
- Hot Tamales 3 ALARM: It is a combination of three candies with three different flavors. The orange ones are hot, pink is hotter, and dark red is the hottest.
- Hot Tamales Tropical Heat: Expect yet another combination of three candies. Therefore, besides the normal aromatic, it has a spicy flavor, including pineapple, mango, and lemon flavors.
- Hot Tamales Ice: It is a version of the spearmint.
- Hot Tamales Fire & Ice: It combines the regular Hot Tamales and the Hot Tamales Ice
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Hot Tamales Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What Are The Nutrition And Ingredients Of Hot Tamales Candy?
The Hot Tamales candy contains modified food starch, corn syrup, and sugar. Others are less than 0.5%, including medium-chain triglycerides, dextrin, magnesium hydroxide, sodium citrate, artificial color, artificial flavors, white mineral oil, carnauba wax, confectioners glaze, and sodium citrate.
Other ingredients worth mentioning are fumaric acid, malic acid, citric acid, and pectin. Expect fruit juice from various concentrates such as lime, lemon, cherry, strawberry, orange, and pear.
What Makes Hot Tamales Candy Hot?
The hotness from Hot Tamales Candy comes from the presence of cinnamaldehyde. This chemical is found in cinnamon barks. Since it irritates the skin, your tongue perceives it as ‘hot’ once it lands on it.
How Many Calories are in Hot Tamales?
A piece of Hot Tamales Candy has seven calories and 1.8 grams of carbs. A serving of 20 pieces measuring 1.4 oz has 140 calories and 36 g of carbs. A 6 oz package has 153 g of carbs and 594 calories.
Are Hot Tamales Candy Gluten-Free?
Yes, Hot Tamales Candy are gluten-free.
How Many Candies Are In A Pack?
If you buy a 1.8-ounce package, expect 24 pieces
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Factory Tour Video – How Hot Tamales and Mike & Ike’s are Made
This is a fun video. You get to enjoy a behind the scenes look at how your favorite HOT TAMALES® and MIKE AND IKE® candies are made.
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