What Is Chamoy And What Does It Taste Like?

If you don't know what chamoy is, chances are you've been living under a bland rock and missing out on a game-changing ingredient that we think could alter your life forever. For those that do know what chamoy is, we commend you. For those that don't, allow us to tell you what you've been missing out on! Let's begin with the basics. First and foremost, chamoy is a condiment that is closely associated with Mexico but was brought there by Chinese immigrants (via Eater). 

Chamoy traditionally derives from ume plums (which are actually small sour apricots) but is also known to be made from other fruits like sour green mangoes or tamarind pods, and is then spiked with chiles to give it its trademark spicy flavor (via NPR). Predominantly known throughout Mexico as junk food, chamoy can be found dry or wet (in a spicy sauce) accompanying chips; fruits like mango, apples, and cucumber; candy like lollipops and gummies, and even frozen treats like ice cream, shaved ice, sorbet, and popsicles.

Chamoy is sweet, sour, salty, and spicy

Recently, the world of chamoy has transformed and shed its old reputation of being junk food. It has come to be considered the key ingredient in many cocktails and desserts across an array of restaurants both in the U.S. and Mexico. It seems chefs have re-invented the classic sauce (via Eater). Now, chamoy can be found in drinks like margaritas and micheladas (via Allrecipes), in desserts, and even served as a glaze on salmon or duck.

With a sweet-sour-salty-spicy flavor, chamoy's taste sets it apart in the culinary world. In a single taste of this glorious bright red-colored invention, your taste buds will experience an explosion of flavor that may forever alter your palate and possibly allow you to see new colors! Or maybe not. But whether you add it to your drink, use it as a topping on your fruit, or eat it with candy and chips, there are plenty of opportunities to become a chamoy fan.