Recipe: Mazapán Mexican Candy

*As always from Adán, not just a recipe but historic and cultural context as well. Let me know if you tried the recipe. VL


NewsTaco FOOD FRIDAY

By Adán Medrano, Adán’s Blog (2.5 minute read) 

Mazapan Mexican peanut candy is lush and delicious, and it’s the perfect weekend recipe because it requires no cooking.  I suggest you call up some friends and have fun making Mexican mazapán.  Make a big batch, like I did, and you will also make memories.

Mazapán Mexican peanut candy is fun to make with friends.

Mazapán Mexican peanut candy is fun to make with friends.

Let’s go down memory lane, over five years ago, when I made mazapan Mexican peanut candy for an art show.  It was presented as an art object, and eaten, at an art exhibit held in February, 2010 in Houston, Texas, titled “The Candy Shop.”

Discussing how mazapan and candies evoke memories
Discussing how mazapan and candies evoke memories

So, for this art show I wanted to emphasize how making candy and eating it is a way of re-making our identity, staying current while deeply rooted.I was invited to collaborate with three visual artists, Raúl Gonzalez, Edu Portillo and Andre Amaral.  They created sculptures, acrylic paintings and I made candies to be presented as edible art objects. The Candy Shop” was hosted by  “Fresh Arts,”and the exhibit was an exploration of the fast-changing and dynamic Latinx  experience of identity, community and nostalgia.  The organizers explained: “From cuisine to everyday products, society is becoming increasingly  influenced by Latin American arts and cultures.  The exhibit features Brazil, El Salvador,  and US Chicano candy culinary perspectives.”

Mazapan Mexican peanut candy in art exhibition
“Should I eat the art?” Mazapan candy as sculpture art object.

Traditional mazapán is a cousin of marzipan which originates in Asia and the Middle East and is made with almonds and sugar.  Mazapán is distinctly Mexican in that it uses peanuts instead of almonds.  The Spanish word for peanut is “cacahuate,” which comes from the original Mexican name in the Nahuatl language, tlacáhuatl.  Tlacáhuatl is composed from the words tlalli, earth, and  cacahuatl, cacao, so the little peanut is known as “cacao of the earth.”

Cacahuate is native to South America, and was cultivated in Tehuacán in the Mexican state of Puebla long before European contact.  Archaeology and native documents give evidence of cacahuate farming in Tehuacán dating back to 200 CE (AD).

This traditional recipe adds corn starch which is of course native to Mexico.  Once you bite into these, you’ll love the almost peanut-butter sweet taste.  Some have called it Ruiz’s pieces!

Recipe for Mazapan Mexican Peanut Candy

Recipe adapted from the cookbook, “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes”

Ingredients
(
makes 2 dozen candies)
6 ounces  unsalted peeled peanuts
3 ounces confectioner’s sugar

Method
1.  In a food processor, process the ingredients until they form a pliable dough that feels like putty.
2. Roll out the dough to a 1/4″ thickness
3.  Using a round fluted cutter, form the candies and set aside for storage.

They are ready to eat!

Let me know how you like them.

REFERENCE:
Cacahuate — http://www.biodiversidad.gob.mx/usos/alimentacion/cacahuate.html
Accessed 2017-06-24 07:36:30

This recipe was originally published in Adán’s Blog.



Adán’s Blog

Click to purchase

Subscribe today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Must Read

Anti-Latino hate is not new

Victor Landa September 6, 2019

The 21-year-old who murdered 22 people in El Paso added another chapter to the long history of anti-Latino violence in the United States. He pulled the trigger alone, but acted […]

Progressives, Hispanics are not ‘Latinx.’ Stop trying to Anglicize our Spanish language.

Victor Landa October 29, 2019

OPINION When Yale professor Cydney Dupree and her colleague analyzed more than two decades worth of political speeches and conducted experiments searching for bias when communicating with racial minorities, they were surprised […]

Revenue is soaring for Latino-owned companies

Victor Landa October 24, 2019

Latino-owned small businesses have struck gold — and are growing faster than the competition, according to a new study. The average revenue of Latino-owned restaurants, retail stores, construction companies and […]

As Trump seeks reelection, immigrant voters stand in his path

Victor Landa

HOUSTON — This is where a nation changes: a public school auditorium that moonlights as a veritable citizenship factory. At the M.O. Campbell Educational Center, where murals honoring the arts and sciences […]

How politics threatens the 2020 Census

Victor Landa

A new report should raise alarms about the upcoming 2020 Census. According to the Pew Research Center, the good news is that the overwhelming majority of Americans are aware of the […]

One thing has united different Latino generations — defeating Trump

Victor Landa October 29, 2019

Sunday dinners in the Tambara household were more than a weekly source of food — they brought revelry, reminiscence and sometimes heated political debate — especially as presidential elections approached.  […]

Trump campaign trolls Biden by purchasing his Latino voter website

Victor Landa

Shortly after former Vice President Joe Biden announced his 2020 campaign’s effort to attract Latino voters, President Trump’s reelection campaign trolled the Democratic front-runner by purchasing the Latino voter URL named after the […]

Pineros – Immigrant forestry workers fight wildfires

Victor Landa October 30, 2019

As millions are impacted by wildfires burning in California, forestry crews are on the front lines. Largely immigrant crews known as pineros face unsafe working conditions and have little protection […]