Stop Shopping for Halloween and Day of the Dead at Corona’s Abarrotera Central
Seeking the finishing touch for your Dia de Los timberland uk Muertos altar? How about bizarre Mexican candy to give out on Halloween? Abbarotera Central, in Corona, Queens, the Mexican equivalent of Restaurant Depot, has a wide array of both.
Choose from the many macabre bride and groom figurines, confectionery caskets, and miniature place settings that line a table in front of the register at this wholesale market on 97th Place just off 43rd Avenue. (It’s a short walk from the 103 Street Corona Plaza st timberland uk op on the 7 train.) Don’t sweat not having a wholesale tax ID number. And don’t sweat the price either each item costs $3.
I copped a box of a dozen Zumba Pica Cuchara Mix candies for $4. The name means “stinging bee spoon mix.” The plastic spoon contains a thick goop that’s half tamarind and half watermelon flavored. Like many Mexican candies, it’s sweet sour, and slightly spicy. The texture lies somewhere between taffy and the stuff the dentist puts in your mouth to make impressions. If you don’t want to risk having any kids pull their teeth out on this stuff, there are plenty of other treats to choose from in Abbarotera’s aisles of candies and snacks.
One of my favorites is Pepecuate, Japanese Style Peanu timberland uk ts. The goobers are encased in a sweet, crunchy shell that has a hint of soy sauce. A case of 50 ba timberland uk gs will set you back $12. Looking for something really weird to shock the little ghoulies and ghosties? Get a pound of chapulines ($6), crunchy nutty tasting dried Mexican grasshoppers.