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Sampalok Candy in a white bowl
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Sampalok Candy

Tamarind candy with a medley of sweet, sour, and salty flavors you won't be able to get enough of. It's super easy to make and so delicious. Roll in chili pepper to add a kick of heat!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 5 Dozens


  • 2 pounds ripe tamarind pods
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  • Hull the tamarind, removing the outer shell and inner strings to separate the fruit.
  • In a wide pan over medium heat, combine tamarind pulp, water, 1 1/2 cups of the sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and continue to cook, stirring and mashing with the back of a spoon, for about 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is very thick and sticky.
  • Using a teaspoon or small cookie scoop, scoop tamarind mixture and drop in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each mound. Refrigerate for about 1 to 2 hours or until completely cooled and slightly hardened.
  • On a large plate, combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Using the palm of hands, shape each tamarind mound into balls. Roll in sugar and salt mixture to fully coat.
  • Wrap about three to four pieces in cellophane or store in an airtight container.