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Milk Canillitas Guatemalan Typical Candy Recipe

Canillitas de Leche is a typical candy originally from Antigua Guatemala. It is customary to eat at the patronal fairs and it is very well known and popular by locals and foreigners. If you have tried the typical sweets of Guatemala, without a doubt you have tried the milk canillita.

Canillitas de Leche are a delicious typical Guatemalan sweet, with an intense flavor, a very smooth texture and a sweet that melts in your mouth. Basically its preparation is very simple, since they are made with three simple ingredients: milk, sugar and cinnamon. 

Guatemalan gastronomy is rich in a variety of candies, but Antigua Guatemala is the city that most represents the variety of flavors of our typical candies.

First, we must explain that in the Spanish language, the word "canillita" is the diminutive of "canilla", which is another way it refers to "legs". However, technically the "shin" is the "leg shin". So the typical sweets "canillitas" have this name due to their elongated shape. They are still prepared in a very traditional way, without chemical preservatives or industrial process, that is why they have a unique and special flavor.

canillitas de leche

Here we present a useful recipe for you to prepare.


  • 1 liter of milk.
  • 2 pounds of sugar.
  • 1 cinnamon stick.


Step 1 : First, add all 3 ingredients to a bowl and mix well.

Step 2 : Cook over low heat, stir continuously until a uniform thick mixture is formed. This may take approximately up to 3 hours.

Step 3 : It is recommended to let the mixture rest a little (just a little) after removing the bowl from the heat.

Step 4 : Pour the dough into strips on a slightly wet wooden board and then cut into small elongated pieces as you wish.

Simply delicious!

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