Portuguese Burnt Sugar Candy

Portuguese Burnt Sugar Candy


"Sweet, tart candies that are usually made around the holidays - especially at Christmas"


20 m servings 16 cals
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Original recipe yields 50 servings



  • Calories:
  • 16 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Carbs:
  • 4g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, water and vinegar. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium-high heat. Continue to boil for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture turns a deep golden brown, or use a candy thermometer. The temperature should reach 300 degrees F (149 degrees C). Remove from the heat, and pour onto two well buttered heavy dinner plates.
  2. When the candy begins to harden, pull from around the edges of the plates. Stretch into long ropes and cut into pieces with kitchen scissors, giving each piece a twist. Cool completely before storing in an airtight tin. Be careful! The candy will be very hot while pulling and cutting.
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  1. 15 Ratings


Fantastic...with a few additions! Note to self: Do NOT use raw sugar. I made this first with raw sugar because coming from Australia, it's cheaper. It went all hard and sugarcubey. Disgusting. I...

Hmmm, I'll admit this was my first attempt at making a candy of this type. I had no problems working with the candy (man was it HOT!), or making the nice twisty shapes, they look beautiful, but ...

hmm...i need to practice this one. Very messy and difficult to handle

This candy is just what Laura Ingalls Wilder made in her one of her "Little House on the Prairie" books (the big woods one, I think). Only she dropped it into snow banks and used maple sugar. Co...

Quick, simple and beautiful! The candy is very hot and begins to set up quickly. It does have to be done in a hurry, but even if the twists aren't perfect it still comes out great. My only c...

Thanks for the recipe! And yes, this is fun. I didn't have cider vinegar, so I used rice wine vinegar. I also added a couple of drops of red food coloring, anise extract, vanilla extract, and...

(First time trying to make candy) Very easy recipe! I added a little blue sugar at the last minute, and because my twists weren't exactly twisty, it ended up looking like broken glass! Lots ...

My family loved this candy. My only problem with it was that I didn't taste any tart that I was expecting. And my 1st attempt at pulling and twisting that candy was a disaster but it tasted won...

i made this candy as the directions said to and it came out tasting really good. Not tart but more buttery sorta like butter scotch. when i put it on plates it cooled very quickly on the edges. ...