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Pumpkin Seed-Sesame Candy

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48 servings, one piece each

Studded with hulled pumpkin seeds (and sesame seeds, too!) this easy-to-make candy gets its deep, rich color from piloncillo (Mexican brown loaf sugar).

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  • Line 13x9-inch baking dish with parchment or wax paper; set aside. Cook pumpkin seeds in heavy skillet on medium-low heat 3 to 5 min. or until seeds pop and begin to turn brown, shaking skillet occasionally to stir the seeds. Cool. Place in food processor container or large mortar. Add sesame seed; pulse until pumpkin seeds are broken but not ground. Set aside.
  • Mix piloncillo and water in large heavy saucepan. Bring to boil on medium heat; cook until piloncillo is completely dissolved, stirring frequently. Continue cooking, without stirring, until temperature reaches 245°F on candy thermometer or until a small amount dropped into very cold water forms a firm, but pliable, ball.
  • Add pumpkin seed mixture; mix well. Immediately pour into prepared baking dish. Cool completely. Cut into 48 pieces.


Piloncillo is unrefined Mexican brown loaf sugar found in Latin American markets. Most commonly shaped into hard cones, it is typically grated or chopped before using.


If you do not have a food processor or mortar, the pumpkin and sesame seeds can be placed in a resealable plastic bag. Seal bag, then crush the seeds with a rolling pin.


If you can not find piloncillo, dark brown sugar can be used instead. (The brown sugar syrup will take considerably longer to reach the 245°F-temperature than the piloncillo syrup does.)

Food Facts

Traditionally these candies are made by dropping tablespoonfuls of the cooked mixture onto sheets of parchment or wax paper.


  • 48 servings, one piece each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 48 servings, one piece each
Calories 150
Total fat 7g
Saturated fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 10mg
Carbohydrate 21g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 17g
Protein 4g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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