1/1 Photo of Dulces De Calabasas (Mexican Pumpkin Candy)
20 hrs 30 mins
This is the stuff you get by the cash register at Mexican restaurants or in little Mexican grocery stores. It's been one of my favorites since I was, oh, 6 or 7 and got some at Olviera Street. I add the cinnamon and cloves because I like it spicy, but traditionally it's just pumpkin and sugar. Really labor-intensive, but so worth it! Do not use carving pumpkins, use sugar-pie or other cooking pumpkins (which the computer does not recognize.) Cook time is for unattended resting time.
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- 1Cut pumpkin in half, remove seeds and as much of the "stringy stuff" as you can, and chop into pieces approximately 1-1.5 inches by 1.5-2.5 inches.
- 2Slice off skin, taking off as little flesh as you can.
- 3Measure to make sure you have approximately one quart of pumpkin pieces (either pack well into a measuring cup or fill a calibrated 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon measure to the quart line and drop in pieces until water hits the 1/2 gallon line, then drain water.).
- 4Put in a fairly heavy saucepan and cover with water.
- 5Cover, bring to a boil, and boil for 15-20 minutes.
- 6Drain, but save water, and place pumpkin back in pan.
- 7Measure water to make sure you have about 1 1/2 cups.
- 8Stir in packed brown sugar until smooth. Add cloves and/or cinnamon at this point, if desired.
- 9Pour the sugar/water syrup over the pumpkin, cover, return to a boil, and boil another 15 minutes.
- 10Turn off heat and let sit overnight (at least 8 hours.) This is how the pumpkin soaks up the syrup and "candies".
- 11In the morning (or after the 8-10 hours), return to a boil, and boil an additional 5 minutes.
- 12Remove from syrup with a slotted spoon and place on a tray or cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
- 13Allow to dry at least 10-12 hours in a place where it will not be disturbed (if you're not going to be using the oven and haven't had it on recently, the cold oven is a great place to keep it safe.).
- 14Roll in granulated sugar and enjoy! Place in air-tight container to store up to two weeks.
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Nutritional Facts for Dulces De Calabasas (Mexican Pumpkin Candy)
Serving Size: 1 (37 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 20
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 53.2
- Calories from Fat 0
- Total Fat 0.0 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 4.7 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 13.6 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
- Sugars 11.2 g
- Protein 0.4 g