Charamuscas, the history of the typical candies that you will find in Guanajuato

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The traditional form that you can find of this sweet is the mummy, however, it is not the only one, different forms are also made such as mariachis and even Quixotes.

Guanajuato has a very characteristic and typical candy: charamuscas. These traditional candies are made from piloncillo and butter, which are melted to obtain a caramel. When this candy is still hot, it is molded until it obtains the desired shape. Later, the cold figure is usually adorned with some elements such as shawls or hats.

According to the Larousse kitchen dictionary, charamuscas refer to “figurines made of candy, which were originally shaped like a twisted churro, but Mexican ingenuity has managed to obtain different shapes.”

Originally the flavor of charamuscas was piloncillo, however, with the passage of time, some have added a different touch, so there are already varieties with coconut or nuts. The ingredients for charamuscas are simple, however, their magic lies in the fact that they must be molded with the hot caramel and quickly, because it hardens quickly and is impossible to mold.

What is the origin of the Charamuscas?

The origin of this typical Guanajuato sweet dates back to the second half of the colony, when the first sugar producers arrived in the country (approximately between 1521 and 1810), but it is said that at first, they did not have the current shape, but were like an elongated churro, and over the years it adapted its shape until it had the current one that resembles mummies, thus making the charamuscas a seal of Guanajuato.

The traditional form that you can find of this sweet is the mummy, however, it is not the only one, different forms are also made such as mariachis and even Quixotes. Charamuscas can be found in any of the candy stores in the state; markets, such as Hidalgo, in Guanajuato Capital; or in some street craft and sweet stalls.

Source: Sin Embargo