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Mexican candy cravings in Tucson

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Tucson is home to not only popular American snacks but also candies that have crossed over from the Mexican border. Being in such a close proximity to the border, there are many Americans of Hispanic descent who miss their basic candy from Mexico. Dulceria Funland’s neon multicolored sign, on W. Irvington Road, can be seen from the street and easily attracts attention. The candy store originally started as a party rental store but soon expanded with its success. They sell a wide variety of candies such as Paleta, marshmallow lollipops covered in chocolate, Pelon Pelo Rico, tamarind-flavored candy, and various pinatas filled with assortments of smaller candies. “The most popular candies sold here are Duvalin,” strawberry, hazelnut and vanilla milk cream candy, “and Pulparindo,” candy made from the pulp of a tamarind fruit, says Julessa Garica, a worker at the Dulceria....

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A border wall could dry up profits for two border town bars

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In two quirky border town bars 160 miles apart, the concerns are the same. Will Donald Trump building a wall on the Mexican border hurt their towns? First in Sasabe… “Cinco pesos?” says Deborah Grider, as she rings up customers in her general store, which lies less than a mile from the Mexican port of entry. Though many travelers come for the general store, there is a hidden gem stashed between the various aisles of laundry detergent and canned foods. A tiny bar with a small blue and purple door sticks out from the back. A green Christmas wreath adorns the door. “Hill Top Bar” is written on the small sign above the door. It only opens on Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m. and serves beer for $3 dollars and cocktails for five. “I have a list of people...

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