Paçoca de Amendoin- Brazilian Peanut Sweet

Paçoca (pronounced [paˈsɔka], “pa-SOH-ca“) – Paçoca de Amendoin is a kind of  dry candy made of ground peanuts and sugar. It began as a home-made candy, but today it is manufactured commercially and can be found in supermarkets and shops. Amendoin is the Brazilian word for peanut. Traditionally, peanuts were ground in a mortar, but now blenders and food processors can be used in the preparation of homemade paçoca.
The name “paçoca” comes from the Tupi word “posok” (pronounced /pɔsɔk/) which means “to crumble” or “to shatter”. Left as a powder, paçoca is used as a topping for ice cream.
here served with coffee

Paçoca de Amendoin- Brazilian Peanut Sweet Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cup peanuts, lightly salted
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup manioc flour or manioc starch
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk


  1. Process the peanuts with the sugar, salt, and manioc meal until very finely ground.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Press mixture into a square 8 inch by 8 inch pan lined with wax paper. Press down firmly.
  5. Remove candy from pan by lifting out the wax paper, and cut into smaller squares.
  6. 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.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

Variation: Dip squares of paçoca into melted chocolate, and let cool on wax paper.

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1 Comment

  1. Celso José Duarte Silva
    December 20, 2012 / 2:35 pm

    Very cool Man ! I like Paçoca