Citrus Mexican Candy Recipe

This Mexican candy recipe makes a delicious homemade treat. Children, especially, love the sweet taste of this caramel-based candy.

It doesn't take long to make, so do something "sweet" for your family today!

Mexican candy in pan


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated goat milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup pecans
  • grated rind from two oranges (or other citrus fruit, such as tangerine, grapefruit, lemon or lime)

Melt the sugar in a pan over medium heat. Select a pan that will allow plenty of room for mixing in all of the ingredients.

Sugar for Mexican candy recipe

Stir the sugar constantly. As it melts, it will go through several stages. There will first be some browned crystals, then larger chunks, and finally it will begin to turn into a thick liquid. Stir until any remaining chunks have melted.
Sugar for Mexican candy recipe

Caramelized sugar for Mexican candy recipe

Have the milk ready in a small pan. While the sugar is melting, warm the milk just until it is steaming.
Adding milk to caramelized sugar

When both the sugar and milk are ready, pour the milk into the sugar, stirring constantly.

The mixture will foam quite a bit, so be sure you have a pan large enough to contain it.

If it begins to get too high, remove the pan from the heat briefly, and stir the mixture down before returning to the heat.

Cook the sugar and milk to the hard ball stage (around 250° F), stirring often. Remove from heat, and add butter and orange rind. Stir until the butter is melted.
Cooking sugar and milk for Mexican candy

Adding butter and citrus rind to Mexican candy

Let sit for about five minutes to cool, then beat for several minutes until creamy. Stir in pecans, and pour into a greased pan.
Stirring Mexican candy mixture

Adding pecans to Mexican candy

Let cool, then cut and enjoy!

Variation: If you cook the mixture less, so that it remains fluid when cooled, it makes a terrific topping for ice cream!

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