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The Garrapiñada

Submitted by Nelson Nuñez
This recipe is in categories Party food, Picnic, Side dishes, Snacks
About this recipe
Healthiness : (167 votes)
Difficulty:  2 out of 5 difficulty
Comments: Ask an adult to help you make this, as the sugar gets dangerously hot when it's cooking!
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
This is a vegetarian recipe

The garrapiñada is food that is very popular in Uruguay. It is a kind of candy or peanut snack. It is usually consumed in the winter months, because of its important calorific content, although it can be found throughout the whole year.

In Montevideo you can buy street snacks cooked in almost all public spaces and cultural events, football matches, recitals, squares, theaters. It is prepared in the street and sold in nylon bags.

They can also be made at home. It is very easy and quick to do.


  • 250g peanuts with or without skin
  • 250g sugar
  • 250cc water
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa or chocolate powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence


  • Large frying pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring scales
  • Measuring jug
  • Spoon  



Making and cooking it
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

  1. Mix all ingredients (sugar, water, cocoa, peanuts) in a pot or large frying pan, except the vanilla. It is important to use equal proportions of water, sugar and peanuts.  
  2. Bring the pot to the heat, once the sugar has dissolved add the vanilla.
  3. Cook, stirring with wooden spoon over low heat until the mixture thickens.
  4. When most of the water has evaporated, remove from the heat, always stirring so that the peanuts can be separated. The carmine is ready when the sugar takes on a golden brown colour (when the caramel is already formed). Special care must be taken not to burn the sugar and not to stick peanuts together. 
  5. Placed on a flat tray or surface so the peanuts are separated.
  6. When cool store in glass jars, or cellophane. For a change,  other dried fruit or nuts such as cashew nuts, hazelnuts or almonds can be used instead of peanuts.
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