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Cacahuates garapiñados or candied peanut are a simple-to-make snack that is sold outside public buildings, sports stadiums, parks and even outside schools all throughout Mexico. We call them cacahuates garapiñados, they can be found for sale in many small carts, filled with all sort of goodies...
Course Antojitos
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 51 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 Tazas
Calories 929kcal


  • 2 Cups of raw peanuts with the skin on
  • 1 and ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • Red food coloring This is optional


  • Place a heavy sauce pot (a cast iron one works well) over high heat with the water and sugar. Add food coloring if you wish to use it. I used 5 drops. Mix well.
  • When the mixture begins to boil add the peanuts. It is important to stir the mixture all the time, especially when the bubbles that are forming begin to be larger and take longer to break. This step will take about 8 to 9 minutes until the liquid reduces.
  • When the mixture forms a sandy consistency at the bottom of the pan, remove from the heat.
  • (You may notice that the walls of the pan have also formed crystals).
  • Pour the mixture into a large baking pan or dish lined with wax paper and spread the peanut. Allow cooling at room temperature.

The peanuts cooked this way will last up 6 months in a covered jar or sealed in a plastic bag.


    Calories: 929kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 72g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 1086mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 25g | Calcium: 155mg | Iron: 6mg