Pelon Pelo Rico

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The treat's name loosely translates in English to "Yummy-Hair Baldie", because the candy is squeezed out of a tube through a grate, producing a Medusa-like effect.

Pelon Pelo Rico is inexpensive, being sold for approximately US$0.50 at corner stores, and is commonly found in Mexican-owned stores and markets.

It is enjoyed both in Mexico and the U.S.

Lead content[edit]

Pelon Pelo Rico has been implicated in the ongoing controversy in the United States surrounding unhealthy levels of lead in imported candies.[1] It has tested high for lead in nearly 20 percent of government tests between 1994 and 2004.[2][3]

Popular culture[edit]

In 2005, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick ran a Pelon Pelo Rico car in the Telcel-Motorola México 200. Harvick placed second, losing to Martin Truex Jr., in the Mexico City race.[4]


  1. ^ McKim, Jenifer; Sharon, Keith; Heisel, William (2004-04-25). "Hidden Threat". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  2. ^ "Test Results on Candy Samples from Washington State, 2005". 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2008-06-15.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Historical Lead in Candy Laboratory Analysis Data (June 1993 through June 2005)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  4. ^ Action 1/24 Kevin Harvick #21 Hershey's/Pelon Pelo Rico 2005 Chevy Monte Carlo Retrieved 2012-01-26.

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