Love milk candy? Then make this Venezuelan treat!

9 months ago


Sweet and delicate in flavor, these irresistibly soft and chewy milk candies were said to have been invented by nuns during colonial times in the city of Merida, located in the center of the Venezuelan Andes. Today, batches of Papitas de Leche are usually prepared for children for special occasions like birthdays and baptisms.



Makes 45-50 pieces


3 cups                   Full cream powdered milk

2 ½ cups               Confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling

1 tsp                      Ground cinnamon

1 can (400g)        Condensed milk

50                           Whole cloves

  1. In large bowl, whisk together powdered milk, sugar, and cinnamon.
  2. Add condensed milk and mix with a wooden spoon until mixture comes together.
  3. Continue kneading by hand until dough is firm and less sticky.
  4. Form papitas by rolling a piece of dough (about an inch in diameter) in your hands dusted with confectioners’ sugar.
  5. Insert clove in the top center of each papita. Place them on a tray or in mini cupcake liners and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.


Recipe by Cynthia Patos

Photographed by Miguel Abesamis of Studio 100


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