Penuche Fudge

A block of penuche fudge
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 64 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
49 Calories
1g Fat
9g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 64
Amount per serving
Calories 49
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 23mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Penuche, or panocha, is a brown sugar fudge candy that is popular in Mexico and many parts of the United States. These sweet squares are packed with toasted pecans for a savory crunch.


  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Prepare an 8 x 8-inch baking pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Combine the milk, sugars, salt, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugars are dissolved.

  4. Insert a candy thermometer into the mixture. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches 234 F.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

  6. Once the candy is cool, stir in the vanilla and beat until the mixture lightens in color and is creamy. (This is best accomplished with an electric mixer, but you can use a wooden spoon if necessary.)

  7. Stir in the chopped nuts and pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.

  8. Place the candy in the refrigerator to set for 2 hours. To serve, cut into 1-inch squares.

  9. Enjoy.

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