I have a MAJOR sweet tooth that I constantly struggle against. Back home, my weakness is cookies. But here in Puerto Vallarta, its candied nuts and shredded coconut honey stacks. I also like the chili powder, sugar covered mango slices from the candyman peddler on Los Muertos, but I think they are just mango flavored jujubes and not actual mango pieces. So after a bag or two of the mango candies I am ok. But the candied nuts….those I could have those everyday.
There is a candy shop called Con Orgullo Azteca which I frequent when I am in El Centro or walking down the malecon. From the malecon, it is directly behind the italian restaurant La Posta and that is how I know where to find it. But if you are familiar with the street names, the sweet shop is on the corner of Calle Juarez (first bridge out of Old Town) and Calle Mina.
The reason I love this shop, other than for the products, is you can see most of the candy being made right at the back of the store. I have watched candied nuts, fudge and the shredded coconut stacks being made right in front of me. Plus the owners walk around handing out samples of everything too.
The store has mostly traditional mexican sweets and is the perfect place to pick up treats for friends and family back home. Another item I usually buy is the granola bars made of nuts, seeds and honey. These are great little energy snacks for the walk home.