Treat the kids to this Pumpkin Seed Candy recipe. This yummy Pumpkin Seed Candy gets its rich color and flavor from piloncillo (Mexican brown loaf sugar).
What You Need
Original recipe yields 56 servings
1 qt. (4 cups) hulled pumpkin seeds
1 cup sesame seed
2 lb. piloncillo (Mexican brown loaf sugar), grated or broken into chunks
1 qt. (4 cups) water
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Let's Make It
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.)
Traditionally these candies are made by dropping tablespoonfuls of the cooked mixture onto sheets of parchment or wax paper.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 17g
Dietary Fibers 0.8563g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
56 servings, one piece each.
* 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.