RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA.com) — In the tamale business, timing is everything.
You have to move quick before the masa dries and make sure the tamales are steamed just right.READ MORE: Disneyland Magic Key Program To Begin August 25 Replacing Annual Passport
And if you’re a customer at Mary’s Tamales in Rancho Cucamonga, you have to make sure your order was in long before Wednesday.
“The people say, ‘Your tamales are the best’, but I say ‘I don’t know if they’re the best, but I’m sure they’re delicious’,” said Solomon Arce, owner of Mary’s Tamales.READ MORE: Report: Carmelo Anthony Agrees To One-Year Deal With Lakers
Out of the chicken, cheese, pork and beef, CBS2/KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz tried the chicken tamale, which has green salsa, jalapeno and Arce’s sister Maria’s special recipe.
But other customers looking for their own little taste of Christmas weren’t as lucky.
“Too bad I waited till the last minute,” said customer Gloria Gaxiola. “I’m one of those last minute shoppers, but anyway I’m still gonna go out and look for some others.”MORE NEWS: Report: Friends Of Corona Movie Theater Shooting Suspect Left Screening Early Because Of His Strange Behavior
Some customers were paying as much as $70 for bigger orders of the Christmas classic.