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Huevitos de Leche re-visited (Panamanian Milk Candy) edit

Just to make our sweet tooth happy: the reason why I do it, and a recipe to prepare the sinful "Huevitos de Leche" or "Milk Candy" that I have stuck in my childhood memories.

For many of us, sweetness is to the taste what beauty is to the eye. It has always been so.

Sugar is one of the most universal flavors of food stuffs known. Over one-half of our food taste sweet or sweetish; that is, they contain sugar in some form. About one-third taste salty; not more than one-tenth taste either bitter or sour. (Dr. Hutchinson, Success Magazine, 1909)

1_16 Now, older and wiser, I can not believe how I have any teeth at all. The amount of sugar we used to eat when we were young children at school was unbelievable. Just the thinking of it gives me a stomac ache now. My guess is that we were just lucky, because believe me, it was NOT the toothpaste. The toothpaste has always been full of sugar, and other ingredients (read fluoride) that should be banned for the harm they do to our health. Learn about fluoride by visiting the Flouride Action Network.

So, to make the long story short, let me tell you about something else that I have learned: If you can not live without your desserts, just do it in moderation, it will be fine. Or if you are like me, the one that can not eat one cookie, or one slice of bread....NO, you've got to eat the 24 cookies and the whole loaf of bread, right? Well, if that is your case, just quit cold turkey. It is tough thing to do, but it will save your life and your $$$ because you won't have to go shopping every week for larger size clothes.

2_13 So, here it is, finally...I built up enough courage to prepare these milk candies for you. After I took the photos and ate almost half of them, I packed the few left in a beautiful tin and called my brother to take the sinful treats away from my presence asap before I decided to eat them all. I am now sugar high. I feel so guilty and happy of course, that I have scheduled an appointment at the spa to do a facial and all kind of body pampering treatments that are well known to remove an array of body impurities and the guilt. Yes, only after that will I be back to my real self, the sweet and loving chef you all know.

This is the recipe:

Huevitos de leche, OR to prepare Sinful Milk Candy from Panama

Ingredients:

  • 2 litres whole milk
  • 2 pounds sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, dried and unsweetened
  • paper to wrap the candy

Directions:

  1. Combine the milk, sugar and the salt. Cook in a pot, preferable cast iron or other resistant  heat proof container. Cook under medium heat, stirring constantly with a long wooden spoon to avoid burning, until the dulce de leche has thickened and a line can be traced in the bottom on the pot with the spoon. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  2. Remove from the stove and add the dried coconut. Stir and let cool just enough you can bear the heat and make the little balls with your hands. Try to make them as uniform as possible, using a teaspoon or a tablespoon measure and then shaping them up with your hands.
  3. You could also pour the milk mixture in a cookie sheet and then, cut it with a sharp knife when it is still soft, and firm. As shown in the second picture.
  4. Once the candies have cooled off, wrap them in decorative pieces of paper, suitable for food, or serve them in a tray or pack them in small cellophane bags or decorative tins.

Que disfruten!

Many, Many Hugs,
Melissa

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  • by Chef Melissa
  • February 02, 2007
  • 11:37 am

Comments

Picture of Vicki Vicki said on...
02.02.07 at 12:14 PM |

I just voted for you on Bloggies!! Good luck!
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Picture of melissa melissa said on...
02.02.07 at 12:19 PM |

Muchas gracias Vicki!
M
P.S. I just tried to visit your blog…but it seems unavailable :(

Picture of Vicki Vicki said on...
02.02.07 at 02:54 PM |

http://catchinglight.typepad.com/

I came back to get the recipe. I have a new kitchen and it MUST be cooked in EVERY weekend! Something sweet every weekend! =) Try this link….

Picture of Verdant Verdant said on...
02.06.07 at 05:46 PM |

I’m not the biggest fan of fluoride, either.  I stopped using toothpaste containing it about 6 years ago and my teeth are just fine.  Though, there’s still fluoride in my water :(.

Picture of ANDREINA ANDREINA said on...
02.07.07 at 05:25 PM |

Hmmm que ricos se ven esos dulcitos!!! Besitos Meli!!!

Picture of MeltingWok MeltingWok said on...
02.13.07 at 03:42 AM |

Melissa, greetings from Southern California smile Thanks for dropping by my blog smile) Anyway, those sweet sensations sure looks tempting, and those block of brown sugars reminds me of palm sugars we used back home to make sugar cookies like this. Thanks for sharing, cheerios smile

Picture of Songo Songo said on...
02.13.07 at 05:29 PM |

This is a magical candy. I remember back in 70’s-80’s when i was a kid, my best friend´s mom ALWAYS had “huevitos” for us kids.

A touch of “clavito” and a touch of cinnamon and “VOILÁ”.

Thanks for sharing this recipe

Picture of joe .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
05.29.07 at 12:11 AM |

I could not find the recipe posted. Does anyone have a simple recipe that I can make with my 10 year old for a panamanian heritage day at school. Thanks. Joe

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
05.29.07 at 08:38 AM |

Hola Songo! definitivamente que los huevitos de leche son un clásico! Deliciosos smile ....gracias por comentar!

Joe:

This is the recipe:

Huevitos de leche, OR to prepare Sinful Milk Candy from Panama

Ingredients:

  * 2 litres whole milk
  * 2 pounds sugar
  * 1 teaspoon salt
  * 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  * 1 cup shredded coconut, dried and unsweetened
  * paper to wrap the candy

Directions:

  1. Combine the milk, sugar and the salt. Cook in a pot, preferable cast iron or other resistant heat proof container. Cook under medium heat, stirring constantly with a long wooden spoon to avoid burning, until the dulce de leche has thickened and a line can be traced in the bottom on the pot with the spoon. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  2. Remove from the stove and add the dried coconut. Stir and let cool just enough you can bear the heat and make the little balls with your hands. Try to make them as uniform as possible, using a teaspoon or a tablespoon measure and then shaping them up with your hands.
  3. You could also pour the milk mixture in a cookie sheet and then, cut it with a sharp knife when it is still soft, and firm. As shown in the second picture.
  4. Once the candies have cooled off, wrap them in decorative pieces of paper, suitable for food, or serve them in a tray or pack them in small cellophane bags or decorative tins.

Picture of taniya .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
11.29.07 at 08:16 PM |

I HAVE TO MAKE THIS FOR MY PROJECT SO I CAN WAIT TO SEE WHAT IT TASTE LIKES

Picture of Emily Emily said on...
11.01.11 at 09:19 PM |

Hi Melissa,

This is Emily from Isla Palenque—we are going to tell our readers about your recipe and put a link to your website on our blog, we said you are one of our favorite Panamanian chefs! We loved milk candy in Panama smile

I was wondering if we can put your picture in the post? We will link it to your blog and put your copyright on it. Let me know if that is okay!

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