Delicious Brazilian Peanut Candy Recipe: A Sweet Treat!

Welcome to my kitchen, where I love cooking up recipes that bring together different cultures and traditions. Today, I am excited to share with you a recipe for paçoca, a traditional Brazilian peanut candy that will take your taste buds on a journey to the heart of Brazil.

Paçoca is not just any candy, it is a delicate and delicious mixture of ground peanuts, manioc flour, and light brown sugar that melts in your mouth while still giving you a satisfying crunch. In Brazil, paçoca is usually made during Festa Junina, a traditional festival celebrated in June that brings people together for food, dance, and bonfires.

This dessert has a deep connection to Brazilian culture and is enjoyed by people of all ages. As someone who has had the pleasure of both making and eating this dish, I can tell you firsthand that it is easy to make and highly addictive – one bite is never enough! So put on some Brazilian music, grab a friend or family member and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Paçoca (Brazilian Peanut Candy)
Paçoca (Brazilian Peanut Candy)

When it comes to sweets, peanut candy is a classic treat in Brazil. It is one of the country’s most beloved desserts, and for good reason. Paçoca, the Brazilian peanut candy is crunchy, rich, nutty, and sweet all at once. If you’re looking for a tasty dessert that is authentic and easy to make, then this recipe is a must-try.

There are several reasons to love making paçoca at home. Firstly, this peanut candy recipe is perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings any time of the year. It is a versatile dessert that is ideal for parties, potlucks, or just as an after-dinner treat. Additionally, your friends and family will be impressed with your culinary skills when they find out you made these delicious bite-sized treats.

Another big reason to love this recipe is its simplicity. With just eight ingredients and an hour of prep time, you can make a batch of paçoca from scratch. The most important component of the recipe is the peanuts; dry roasted and ground into flour-like consistency. The rest of the ingredients include light brown sugar, manioc flour, salt, and condensed milk which are mixed before being combined with the peanuts.

If you’re looking for a vegan version of this classic Brazilian treat you could substitute condensed milk with creamy peanut butter.

Lastly, you’ll love this paçoca recipe because it offers endless options for variation. You might want to add some chocolate chips or other flavorings like vanilla extract or cinnamon to give it an extra zing. You can also make substitutions by replacing manioc flour with cassava flour or swapping out peanuts for cashews or pecans.

In conclusion, there are many reasons why you’ll love making paçoca from scratch: it’s authentic Brazilian soul food that offers a delicate balance between sweetness and nuttiness; easy to make yet impressive looking; offers unlimited ways to experiment; suitable for any occasionthe. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and whip up a batch of this delicious treat!

Ingredient List

 The perfect blend of sweet and salty in every bite!
The perfect blend of sweet and salty in every bite!

Here is a list of ingredients that you’ll need to make this delicious Paçoca recipe:

  • 4 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup manioc flour (cassava flour)
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter

The brazilian traditional recipe usually uses manioc flour, which is called “farinha de mandioca” in Brazil. This ingredient is what gives the paçoca its unique texture and nuttiness. The brittle-like candy is made by crushing together the ingredients (peanuts, sugar, cassava flour, and salt) in a mortar, but don’t worry because a food processor can be used instead!

In this recipe, we are adding sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter to modernize the candy’s preparation. If you want to make it more traditional, you can follow the de amendoim version that does not use any sweetened condensed milk.

The Recipe How-To

 Simple ingredients, big flavor.
Simple ingredients, big flavor.

Now that you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, it’s time to dive into the exciting part of the recipe: making the paçoca!

First, place 2 cups of dry roasted peanuts in a food processor and pulse them until they are finely ground. Be careful not to over-process them into peanut butter! Set this mixture aside in a bowl.

Next, place ~9 whole graham crackers~ (or 2 packages of Marie biscuits) and 1/4 cup of manioc flour in the food processor and pulse until they become crumbs. Add this mixture to the bowl with the peanuts.

Now, add 1 1/4 cups of light brown sugar and 1 pinch of salt to this bowl and mix everything together thoroughly.

In a separate bowl, pour out one can of sweetened condensed milk (14oz) and mix in 2 tbsp of peanut butter and 2 tbsp of vanilla sugar to make a sweet paste.

Add this sweetened condensed milk mixture to the peanut crumb mixture little by little while mixing until everything is combined evenly.

Finally, form the candy into small rectangles or balls with your hands, compressing them tightly as you go. And just like that, your paçoca candy is ready!

(Tip: In traditional Brazilian fashion or ‘olden days crushing ingredients’, people would use a mortar and pestle for exact processes but we have updated this recipe using modern technology.)

Enjoy the taste of the traditional Brazilian peanut candy on its own or pair it with chocolate or other desserts as part of a festive celebration!

Substitutions and Variations

 Peanut lovers say hello to your new favorite candy!
Peanut lovers say hello to your new favorite candy!

Are you someone who likes to experiment with different ingredients? Or maybe you have a dietary restriction and want to make a few modifications to the recipe? Either way, there are various ways to customize the Brazilian Paçoca recipe to your liking.

Firstly, instead of using traditional Brazilian manioc flour or graham crackers, you can use digestive biscuits or shortbread cookies as the base in your candy recipe. Additionally, if you don’t have access to roasted peanuts or prefer a smoother texture, try using peanut butter instead.

For those who are looking for a dairy-free option, replace sweetened condensed milk with coconut cream or any other plant-based milk of your choice. Likewise, if you’re trying to minimize your sugar intake, consider swapping out the light brown sugar for honey, agave nectar or stevia- the amount will depend on your preference of sweetness.

In terms of variations, one can infuse some creativity into their Paçoca by adding chocolate chips or cocoa powder to create a scrumptious rounded flavor. You can also substituting peanuts with cashew nuts, almonds for an alternative nutty twist on this traditional Brazilian candy.

Another way is play with different proportions of ingredients – more peanuts or less flour – until the texture suits your tastes. Furthermore add extra salt and vanilla extract could elevate the flavour profile of your Paçoca candy.

In essence, nothing should stop you from experimenting with this classic Brazilian treat. So let us know what works best for you and celebrate its unique flavor that truly embodies the spirit of the Brazilian culture by making some delicious Paçoca today.

Serving and Pairing

 Bring a piece of Brazil to your home with this traditional recipe.
Bring a piece of Brazil to your home with this traditional recipe.

One of the best things about Paçoca is how versatile this Brazilian peanut candy can be when serving and pairing. This delicious treat makes the perfect after-dinner dessert, but it’s also great as a snack or even gift for your loved ones.

When it comes to serving, you can simply present paçoca in bite-size portions on your dessert plate, or you can get creative and present it as part of a beautifully arranged cheeseboard. I recommend adding some fruits, such as sliced apples or grapes, to balance out the sweetness of the candy.

If you’re looking to pair Paçoca with drinks, there are many options that will work well with its nutty flavor profile. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are some classic pairings that will complement the sweetness of paçoca. If you’re looking for something more refreshing, try serving paçoca with an icy cold glass of milk or almond milk.

For those wanting to incorporate Paçoca into a more substantial dish, try crumbling paçoca over vanilla ice cream or incorporating it into your favorite chocolate cake recipe. The possibilities are endless!

Overall, serving and pairing paçoca is all about getting creative and exploring different tastes until you find the perfect combination for you. Experiment and have fun as you bask in this delightfully rich Brazilian peanut candy’s flavors while immersing yourself in Brazilian culture and cuisine.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect snack for any time of the day.
The perfect snack for any time of the day.

One of the most convenient aspects of Paçoca is its ability to be made ahead of time and stored for several days. In fact, it is recommended that you make Paçoca 1-2 days in advance before serving it, as this allows the candy to set and fully develop its flavors.

To store Paçoca, simply place it in an airtight container and store it at room temperature for up to 5 days. If you need to store it for longer than 5 days, place it in a sealed container in the fridge, where it can last up to 2 weeks.

Reheating Paçoca is not recommended, as it can alter the texture and flavor of the candy. However, if you prefer your Paçoca warm, you can always break off a piece and heat it up in the microwave or oven for a few seconds.

When serving or gifting Paçoca during special occasions, such as Festa Junina (a popular Brazilian festival) or as a Brazilian dessert option at potlucks or parties, consider packaging them in small plastic bags tied with a ribbon or placed in decorative boxes. This will add an extra touch of presentation and allow for easy transport.

Overall, Paçoca is an incredibly versatile candy that can be prepared ahead of time and stored easily without losing any of its deliciousness.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make treat.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make treat.

As a chef who has specialized in both Brazilian and American cuisine, I have been fortunate enough to learn some tips and tricks for perfecting many recipes. Here are some tips that will guarantee excellent results when making Brazilian paçoca.

Firstly, it’s best to use dry-roasted skinless peanuts as they are easier to blend into a powder. This way, you can achieve a smooth and creamy consistency that is perfect for achieving the right texture in the candy. I also recommend using high-quality peanuts that are fresh and free of any rancid smells.

In terms of measuring ingredients, accuracy is key. The recipe calls for specific quantities of dry roasted peanuts, manioc flour, light brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Be sure to measure each ingredient accurately to get the desired results.

When blending the ingredients together, it’s important not to over-process them in the food processor. Pulse them instead of blending continuously to ensure they’re mixed, yet still have texture.

When making this candy recipe, be mindful of every step or timing involved in each step! This simple but important detail will reduce the chance of errors and give you perfect results you’ll be proud of.

Lastly, don’t hesitate to experiment with different levels of salt or adjusting sweetness levels – this treat should reflect your own tastes! Keep these tips in mind when making paçoca for your next occasion or indulgence, soon everyone will really fall in love with your new found knowledge about brazilian peanut candy!


Now, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions about this Paçoca Brazilian Peanut Candy recipe. Being aware of these common inquiries will help you prepare and execute the recipe with ease, while also giving you the confidence to make any necessary changes or substitutions based on your taste preferences. Don’t hesitate to read through these FAQs carefully before beginning the process, so that you can understand exactly what to expect from this culinary endeavor.

What is the recipe for Pococa?

For this recipe, you’ll need to start by combining graham crackers and peanuts in a food processor. Give them a quick pulse until they are coarsely ground. Next, add sugar to the mix and process for 10 seconds until everything is well combined. After that, it’s time to incorporate sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and salt. Pulse the mixture again until it comes together to form a dough. Finally, take the dough and press it into a prepared pan.

What does paçoca taste like?

In Brazil, there is a popular snack called paçoca chips that originated in the regions of Minas Gerais and São Paulo. These chips are made using ground peanuts and sugar, creating a sweet and nutty flavor that is beloved by many. The main ingredient in these chips is paçoca, a type of candy made from the same ingredients. However, instead of being formed into a candy bar, paçoca is crushed into small bits and turned into chips. This gives it a satisfying crunch and makes it perfect for snacking. While paçoca is commonly found in Brazil, it can be difficult to find in other parts of the world. Fortunately, there are recipes available for making your own paçoca chips at home.

What is the peanut butter snack in Brazil?

If you’re a fan of peanuts, this 3-ingredient Brazilian candy known as Paçoca is sure to be your new favorite. Commonly found at Festas Juninas celebrations, this treat is highly addictive and extremely popular among Brazilians. Get ready to indulge in some peanut goodness during Festa Junina Week!

What is the meaning of Paçoquita?

Paçoquinha is a classic Brazilian dessert that has been around for centuries. It originated from the indigenous people, who used to crush the ingredients in a mortar to make it. The word paçoca comes from the tupi language, which means to crumble or crush, referring to the specific method used to prepare this sweet treat.

What is amendoim in Brasil?

Looking for a tasty snack to share with your loved ones? Why not try making some Brazilian Peanuts? These peanuts are known for their mouthwatering flavor and are a beloved treat in Brazil. One popular brand of peanuts is Yoki Amendoim Tipo Japones.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Paçoca (Brazilian Peanut Candy) Recipe is a delightful treat that will leave you craving for more. It’s a perfect addition to any festive celebration, whether it’s Festa Junina, a family gathering, or simply an evening snack. With its traditional Brazilian taste of roasted peanuts, manioc flour and light brown sugar, it truly captures the essence of Brazilian culture.

Moreover, this recipe is easy to make using simple ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. You can even customize it to your liking by adding chocolate chips or peanut butter to give it a unique twist. Whether you’re sharing it with loved ones or enjoying it on your own, this candy recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

So why not try making Paçoca today? It’s a candy that will surely impress your friends and family with its authentic Brazilian flavor. And with the tips and tricks I’ve provided in this article, you’ll be able to make the perfect batch every time. Just remember, take your time and follow the steps carefully for the best results.

Finally, don’t forget to share your experience and success stories with us in the comments below. We would love to see how this recipe has brought some joy into your life. And who knows? Maybe you’ll inspire someone else to try making Paçoca and discover the joy of cooking for themselves.

Paçoca (Brazilian Peanut Candy)

Paçoca (Brazilian Peanut Candy) Recipe

This no-cook candy tastes somewhat like the inside of a Reese's peanut butter cup. It can be eaten on its own, or crumbled as a topping for ice cream or cake. (There is also a brazilian beef dish which people in the north of the country call "paçoca". It's more broadly known as paçoca de pilão to distinguish it from this candy.) Manioc is also known as cassava.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 32 squares
Calories 158.3 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts, lightly salted
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup manioc flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk (as needed)


  • In a food processor, finely grind the peanuts with the dry ingredients.
  • Add a tablespoon of condensed milk and process for 30 seconds. Check if mixture is starting to come together by pressing some into a ball with your fingers. If the mixture will form a ball that stays together well, it's ready. If it is still too crumbly, add more condensed milk and process.
  • Firmly press mixture into a square 8 inch by 8 inch pan lined with wax paper. You can also use greased cookie cutters (simple shapes) to cut pieces out of the candy, or press the candy into molds to shape it.
  • Remove candy from pan by lifting out the wax paper, and cut into smaller squares.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 35gCalories: 158.3kcalCarbohydrates: 21.7gProtein: 3.9gFat: 7.2gSaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 1.6mgSodium: 23mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 19.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Brazilian, Easy, For Large Groups, South American
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.