Sandía Loca: Mexican-style crazy watermelon

This Sandía Loca (crazy watermelon) is the perfect party snack for summer. A colorful fruit piñata with a blend of flavors that ranges from sweet, salty, sour and spicy.

Sandia loca (crazy watermelon) decorated with fruit skewers and Mexican candies.

So, are you ready for this authentic Mexican snack experience? Then keep reading because I am gonna show you how to make this easy snack that will be the star of any party!

What is sandia loca?

Sandía Loca (a.k.a. crazy watermelon) is a popular Mexican snack made using the flesh and shell of a watermelon and filling it with a variety of fruit, salty snacks and Mexican candies. All drizzled with Hot salsa, lime juice, and a blend of chili powder.

I sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s why Sandia Loca translates to “crazy watermelon”, because the name of this snack comes from the way is made: Adding whatever you feel like, from fruit, peanuts, and even Mexican spicy candies. The crazier, the better!

A close up of sandia loca.

What candies to add and where to buy them?

You can find a large variety of typical Mexican candies at online stores (like Amazon) and Mexican grocers. Choose whatever you like, even though, candies with tamarind are the most used.

Some candies you might like to include are: Banderillas (straws with tamarind), Vero Mango (mango flavored lollipops sprinkled with chili), Pulparindos, Salsagheti, etc.

A variety of Mexican candies displayed on a marble surface.

Honestly, I try to keep it low when adding candies because my family and friends are not too used to those, so I add just a few to decorate my Sandía Loca and the rest is mostly fruit, which everyone loves!

So, adding a few fruit skewers for decorating is also a nice idea to make this snack a little bit more healthier. Think of: Blueberries, pineapple, watermelon, strawberries, orange, etc.

Can be made ahead?

Yes! Sandia Loca can be made a few hours or even one day ahead. Just cut the fruit but don’t season it. Keep it in an air-tight container covered in the fridge.

Wrap the watermelon shell with cling film and keep it also stored in the fridge. Then assemble everything when you intend to serve it.

Sandía Loca Step By Step Recipe

Prepare the shell

Wash thoroughly the watermelon and then cut it in half. Cut a little bit of the stem end of the watermelon so it prevents the fruit from rocking back and forth and help it to sit flat.

Cutting the watermelon base.

Prepare the fruit

Now, score the flesh of the watermelon into a deep grid, then, using a spoon, scoop the fruit carefully and place it onto a large bowl. I also made a few balls for the skewers using a watermelon baller (this is optional).

A collage showing how to cut and carve the watermelon.

Cut the other fruits into cubes, bars or any format you’d like. Place everything into the bowl with the watermelon.

IMPORTANT: Before placing in a bowl, make 2 or 3 skewers with the fruit and set aside. Those will be for decorating the Sandía Loca.

Add lime juice, Tajín powder and Chamoy to the fruit in the bowl. Carefully toss everything, taste and adjust to your preferences adding more lime juice, salt or spicy.

The fruit seasoned and mixed on a bowl.

Add the fruit salad into the watermelon shell. You can either place all at once or make layers with peanuts, candies and fruit. I prefer adding all fruit so I don’t have to add so many candies.

The fruit salad into the watermelon shell.

Decorate

Place the candies on top inserting them here and there. Place the fruit skewers and lollipops inserted into the watermelon rind to keep them in place.

Decorating watermelon with candies.

Drizzle with more Chamoy and sprinkle more Tajín on top. You can also add a splash of Clamato juice, this is an optional step but surely adds some flavor to this Mexican snack!

Can you store it?

Because of the fresh fruit, this snack doesn’t last long. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days but the flavor will not be as good as when it’s freshly prepared.

How To Serve

Sandia Loca is a snack that you can serve mostly for parties and gatherings. Since is a bit spicy I really recommend pairing it with some Mexican frescas, here’s the ones I think you might like to check out:

Watch How To Make It

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Sandía loca recipe cover.

Sandía Loca (crazy watermelon)

This Sandia Loca (crazy watermelon) is the perfect party snack for summer. A colorful fruit piñata with a blend of flavors that ranges from sweet, salty, sour and spicy.
PREP 20 minutes
TOTAL 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Servings: 10
Author: Maricruz

Ingredients 

  • 1 medium watermelon
  • 1 medium mango (diced)
  • 1 medium orange (cut into half-moons)
  • 1 large cucumber (diced)
  • 1 cup jícama (diced)
  • Mexican sweet-spicy candies (read notes)
  • 1 cup Japanese-style peanuts (or salty peanuts)
  • Chamoy sauce
  • Tajín powder
  • 2 limes
  • ½ cup clamato juice (optional)
  • salt

Instructions

  • Wash thoroughly the watermelon and then cut it in half. Cut a little bit of the stem end of the watermelon so it prevents the fruit from rocking back and forth and help it to sit flat.
  • Now, score the flesh of the watermelon into a deep grid, then, using a spoon, scoop the fruit carefully and place it onto a large bowl.
  • Cut the other fruits into cubes, bars or any format you’d like. Place everything into the bowl with the watermelon.
  • IMPORTANT: Before placing in a bowl, make 2 or 3 skewers with the fruit and set aside. Those are optional but can be used to decorate.
  • Add lime juice, Tajín powder and Chamoy to the fruit in the bowl. Carefully toss everything, taste and adjust to your preferences adding more lime juice, salt or spicy.
  • Add the fruit salad into the watermelon shell. You can either place all at once or make layers with peanuts, candies and fruit.

Decorate

  • Place the candies on top inserting them here and there. Place the fruit skewers and lollipops inserted into the watermelon rind to keep them in place.
  • Drizzle with more Chamoy and sprinkle more Tajín on top. You can also add a splash of Clamato juice, this is an optional step but surely adds some flavor to this Mexican snack!

NOTES

  • You can find a large variety of typical Mexican candies at online stores (like Amazon) and Mexican grocers. Choose whatever you like, even though, candies with tamarind are the most used.
  • Some candies you might like to include are: Banderillas (straws with tamarind), Vero Mango (mango flavored lollipops sprinkled with chili), Pulparindos, Salsagheti, etc.
  • Nutrition info doesn’t include candies and peanuts.
Nutrition
Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 2844IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    Omg you just gave the most beautiful idea! I’ll go to a party next weekend and was wondering what to bring, this sandia loca is perfect!

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