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Community Focus: Would you try these Mexican-style treats?

From fresh fruit to more creatively presented treats, eating foods different from cultures can send you on a gastronomical adventure. (file)

We've got your back when you're trying to get a little more adventurous with summertime treats. If you love gastronomical adventures, trying food outside of your culture is a good place to start. Oklahoma City has a thriving foreign snack scene.

The first thing to know about Mexican snacks is that they are commonly savory or tangy, though you can find something for your sweet tooth two.

Tin Marin is one of more than a dozen snack shops in Oklahoma City. You'll most likely find a place like this in southwest Oklahoma City. Tin Marin says many of their clients are missing a little piece of home.

“It’s like going back to your childhood when you take a bite, “says Madeline Lopez with Tin Marin.

There are also plenty of English-only speakers trying out something different. So, here are the top three recommendations if you know nothing about Mexican-style treats.

First, the vaso loco/ crazy cup. It’s a mix of different chips, nuts, candies of your choice, and then different sauces and lime.

“Here is where the magic happens. She gets to mix everything together which is kind of sweet and sour at the same time,” says Lopez.

Second, there is the Mexican-style raspados/ snow cones. Most places have traditional snow cones too, but for those Mexican-style treats, expect a heavy cream based sauces on snowy ice with a few candies on top.

Third, is a safe and still traditional choice: elote en vaso/ corn in a cup.

“That’s always a safe bet. All types of people like corn. Then you could get it just plain corn or you could add whatever you like on it, “says Lopez.

Corn in a cup traditionally includes the corn, cream, mayo, and parmesan cheese. You can also add lime and crushed chips of your choice.

Don't be surprised if you are greeted in Spanish. Snack shops in the city's south side have a lot of Spanish speaking customers, but Tin Marin says they usually have someone who speaks English for customers.

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