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Mexican Candy: Jamoncillos


If you want to enjoy the best mexican candies, you can not miss eating a jamoncillo.

Jamoncillos are a confectioner treat made from milk, sugar and nuts. It is very popular in the states of Nuevo Leon, Veracruz, Puebla, Coahuila, Durango, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Sonora, Jalisco and the State of Mexico.

They can be formed into different shapes and different colors - as it depends in the creativity of each individual. It is a product from the convents of Mexico and was created when the nuns wanted to give children a treat when they behaved in catechism. Since many generations grew up with this candy, a lot of people hold it very dearly to their memories of childhood and many have created business empires with this simple candy.

You can find it everywhere around the world in specialty candy stores and in many local markets throughout Mexico. You can identify it very easily due to its color and peculiar name which translates to “Little Ham.”




If you want to make them for your children or for yourself we leave you with the recipe below - they are easy to prepare.


Yield: Two medium sized jamoncillos

1 lt of milk

2 ½ cups of white sugar

Food color of your choice

½ cup of your choice of nuts (optional)


  1. Pour the milk in a pot and bring to a boil
  2. Once it is boiling add the sugar and lower the heat to low
  3. Once the sugar has mixed in with the milk, separate the mixture into two equal parts
  4. In one of those parts you will add one drop of the food coloring
  5. Keeping both parts in separate pots, put them back in the stove and stirring both constantly.
  6. Keep stirring until the mixtures have reached a golden color or have a doughy texture
  7. In medium oiled or nonstick cookie sheets spread both of the mixtures and even with your
  8. hards.
  9. To avoid the mixture from getting sticky in your hands just wet them a little (IF THE MIXTURE IS TOO HOT DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS)
  10. Spread the nuts on top of the mixture
  11. Cover with a damp cloth
  12. Let it cool in room temperature
  13. Once it has cooled cut into pieces and enjoy!


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    1. Hello Paige! This candy was first created in Puebla in the early 16th Century by the Spaniards, monks and nuns. From there it became so popular with the Spaniards that they took it to the states of the north such as Chihuahua & Nuevo Leon.

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