The recipe for "Dulce de Pepitoria de Guatemala" is another of the typical Guatemalan sweets, and is also well known in Antigua Guatemala. It is a very traditional part of Guatemalan gastronomy because it is extracted from the pumpkin that is grown in the same way as the Guatemalan Ayote.

As soon as the pumpkin fruit fully ripens, the seeds inside are extracted. These seeds are left to dry to be used later in different foods, sweet or salty, which makes it very versatile as well as nutritious. The "Dulce de Pepitoria Guatemalteco" (as we know it in Guatemala) is a dessert that you can taste at any time of the day, as a mid-afternoon snack or as a dessert after lunch. We must mention that it has been one of the most popular typical sweets and has been imitated by other neighboring countries.

pepitoria guatemala

The preparation of this recipe is very easy and fast too. Just follow the instructions and in 20 minutes you will have ready to enjoy these traditional Guatemalan sweets.


  • 2 cup of toasted pepitoria.
  • 1 cup of brown sugar.
  • 1/2 cup of water.
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla.


Step 1 : Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat. Stir constantly until it forms a dark, slightly thick caramel.

Step 2 : Then add the pepitoria and vanilla to the caramel and mix quickly until well blended. The mixture will thicken quickly.

Step 3 : Pour the mixture into a mold covered with wax paper, try to make sure the mixture is flat and even on the mold. Let cool only until it starts to harden.

Step 4 : Remove the Pepitoria from the mold and cut into pieces of the size you prefer and finally let it cool completely.