Have we got a treat for you! It's a Mexican peanut butter candy that requires 2 ingredients and 15 minutes or less to make. You're about to be shocked at the sweet, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness of mazapán de cacahuate.
If you do one thing today, it better involve making this recipe.
We have never been more obsessed with a sweet treat in our lives.
As we stood by the cash register in our local Mexican supermarket, we saw a tiny, beige disk that looked enticing.
The label read "de la Rosa."
We figured we'd check if it was vegan and, much to our surprise, it was! We carefully unwrapped the package only to crack the crumbly disk in half.
After shoveling the contents of this Mexican peanut butter candy into our mouths, we stared at each other in disbelief. It was soft, creamy, and silky in texture with subtle peanut undertones.
It melted right in our mouths.
We were so inspired by de la Rosa, we began a quest to create our own version for everyone to enjoy at home!
Peanut marzipan (or mazapán de cacahuate) is pretty much everywhere in Mexico and enjoyed by millions.
You can thank Sir Jesus Michel Gonzalez for this one. He and his family have been making hand-made candy in their home since 1942!
They formed the brand "De la Rosa" and have been nailing this mazapán candy for over 70 years!
Trust us, we've done a lot of research (eating candy) and De la Rosa is by far the best peanut mazapán out there.
What is it?
The marzipan you're probably familiar with consists of ground almonds and sugar. It's served all over the world with various tweaks depending on the location.
You may also hear it referred to as fondant, but they are not really the same. Fondant is sugar-based whereas mazapán is made of almonds.
But, there is something special about peanut mazapán. We think the toasty flavor mixed with light, powdery sugar is a deadly combo. When you bite into these peanut treats, don't expect to eat just one.
Is it vegan?
Mazapán is occasionally made with egg whites, so that's something you need to watch out for.
However, there's good news.
This mazapán recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free. We're certain you're going to love it as much as we do.
There are a few ways you can serve this Mexican peanut butter candy:
Eat it at room temperature right from the store, or chill it in the freezer (our personal favorite).
You can also blend peanut mazapán up in smoothies, milkshakes, or try it in your coffee (yes, seriously).
Whichever way you try these candies, one thing is for sure — they're super addicting!
🍲 Key ingredients
For a complete ingredient list and step-by-step guide, scroll down to our recipe card.
Taste: the flavor can be changed quite a lot in this recipe by switching up the way you prepare the peanuts. We prefer to slightly roast them for a sweet and nutty flavor.
Health: for being the cheapest nut on the market, peanuts pack an extremely healthy punch! In a 3.5-ounce serving, there is a whopping 26 grams of protein. What's more impressive? That same serving provides almost ⅓ of your daily fiber needs!
Fun fact: it takes 540 peanuts to make a 12oz jar of peanut butter.
Taste: commonly referred to as confectioners' sugar or icing sugar, powdered sugar has a light, delicate texture that literally melts in your mouth. It tastes slightly different than granulated sugar, but similar nonetheless.
Fun fact: this type of sugar is made by processing granulated sugar into a fine powder and adding corn starch to act as an "anti-caking" agent. It's often used in frosting or icing recipes (and peanut marzipan).
If you have questions about this mazapán recipe, don't forget to check out our FAQ section at the bottom of this post.
Step 1: add your peanuts to a blender or food processor and pulse or blend on medium until you achieve a fine meal. Make sure you stop frequently to mix the peanuts around so the consistency stays fairly even.
Step 2: add in the powdered sugar and continue blending until the mixture sticks together when you press it between your fingers. Note: this process can take anywhere from 2-10 minutes depending on your blender, so be patient!
Step 3: using your hands, press a few tablespoons of the marzipan very firmly into a round cookie cutter (or a measuring cup lined with wax paper). While pressing down on the marzipan, carefully remove the cookie cutter. Continue this process until all the peanut mixture is gone!
Step 5: once all the candies are shaped, wrap them in paper or cling wrap. If you're giving them as a gift, you can even try wrapping them in pretty candy papers.
Room temperature: you can store these at room temperature wrapped in wax paper, cling wrap, or sandwich bags inside an air tight container for up 3-4 weeks.
Freezer: tightly wrap the candies in freezer-safe bags and store in your freezer for up to 6 months.
💭 Pro tips
Time to share our tips and tricks we learned while perfecting this mazapán recipe for you:
- Make sure you use a cookie cutter to help shape the candies.
- Don't blend for too long. Use our photos as a guide for the ideal consistency.
- Depending on your taste preference, try salted, unsalted, roasted, or raw peanuts (we prefer unsalted and roasted peanuts).
- For a fancier candy, add a teaspoon of vanilla to this recipe.
🍴 Tasting notes
Peanut mazapán is so easy to make, you need to try it for yourself. It's:
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Peanut Butter Candy (Mazapán de Cacahuate)
- Blender or food processor
- Round cookie cutter
- 2 cups toasted peanuts ($1.21)
- 1 ⅔ cup powdered sugar ($0.49)
- First, add the peanuts to a blender or food processor. Pulse or blend on medium until you achieve a fine meal, about 1-4 minutes. Stop frequently to scrape down the sides and mix the peanuts around.
- Next, add in the powdered sugar. Continue blending until the mixture sticks together when you press it between your fingers. This process can take anywhere from 2-10 minutes depending on your blender.
- Using your hands, press a few tbsp of the marzipan very firmly into a round cookie cutter (or a measuring cup lined with wax paper). While pressing down on the marzipan, carefully remove the cookie cutter. Continue this process until there is no peanut mixture left.
- Once all the candies are shaped, wrap them in paper and store in an airtight container.
- 1 serving = ~ 25 grams.
- For additional flavor, add 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
- Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
- Nutritional information is a rough estimate.
- Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
- All prices are in USD.
- Recipe inspired by Dulces de la Rosa.
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If your candies are oily, it's because you blended the peanuts for too long making them release more oils. Try adding more powdered sugar in, but they'll still taste delicious regardless.
This mazapán recipe is perfectly designed to emulate the de la Rosa consistency. You can use less, but the taste and texture will be different.
Yes, this recipe works in a food processor.
No. You need powdered sugar for this recipe because the texture is smooth compared to traditional sugar, which is granulated.