Hot Tamales

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Hot Tamales is a cinnamon candy manufactured by Just Born in the United States. They are shaped like Mike and Ike candies and were introduced in 1950. Their name refers to their pungency, using the name of the tamale, which can be spicy.

In addition to the hot and spicy flavor, there is also Hot Tamales Fire (originally Super Hot Hot Tamales) which is more intense than the original, a darker red in color, and less opaque. A spearmint version was available in the late 2000s called Hot Tamales Ice, but is now discontinued.

In 2011, Just Born released Hot Tamales 3 ALARM containing three different colored candies mixed in each box. Orange = Hot, Pinkish-Red = Hotter and Dark Red = Hottest. The description reads: "Hot Tamales 3 ALARM explodes with three intense spicy cinnamon flavors that deliver increasing levels of heat - hot, hotter and hottest." The 3 ALARM slogan used was: "Fire up your taste buds and get ready to scream for more!"

In 2012, Just Born released another new flavor called Hot Tamales Tropical Heat that contains three different spicy tropical flavors: Lemon Fever, Mango Tango, and Pineapple Picante.


Listed as seen on the Original Hot Tamales box and Hot Tamales Fire box:

Sugar, corn syrup, modified food starch, contains less than 0.5% of the following ingredients: pear juice from concentrate, sodium citrate, pectin, citric acid, malic acid, fumaric acid, confectioners glaze, carnauba wax, white mineral oil, artificial flavors, artificial color, magnesium hydroxide, red #3, red #40, yellow #5 (tartrazine), yellow #6, blue #1, blue #2 lake.

In popular culture[edit]

The candy appear in the 1991 documentary Madonna - Truth or Dare, in a scene where Madonna is getting her make-up. meanwhile she is talking with one of her Blond Ambition Tour dancers (Oliver Crumes). at the very end of the conversation the back of a Hot Tamales box is shown when madonna took a couple of candies.

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