Dulces De Calabasas (Mexican Pumpkin Candy)

Recipe by ketchupqueen
READY IN: 20hrs 30mins
SERVES: 20-30




  • Cut 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.
  • Slice off skin, taking off as little flesh as you can.
  • Measure 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.).
  • Put in a fairly heavy saucepan and cover with water.
  • Cover, bring to a boil, and boil for 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain, but save water, and place pumpkin back in pan.
  • Measure water to make sure you have about 1 1/2 cups.
  • Stir in packed brown sugar until smooth. Add cloves and/or cinnamon at this point, if desired.
  • Pour the sugar/water syrup over the pumpkin, cover, return to a boil, and boil another 15 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and let sit overnight (at least 8 hours.) This is how the pumpkin soaks up the syrup and "candies".
  • In the morning (or after the 8-10 hours), return to a boil, and boil an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from syrup with a slotted spoon and place on a tray or cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.
  • Allow 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.).
  • Roll in granulated sugar and enjoy! Place in air-tight container to store up to two weeks.