Guava Rings (known in Spanish as Colochos de Guayaba) are traditional Guatemalan sweets, and this one in particular is originally from Antigua Guatemala. These different and delicious sweets first emerged during Holy Week a long time ago, but over time this candy became popular throughout Guatemala.
Nowadays, it is easy to find it in any typical sweet shop in Guatemala and at festivals. Part of the secret of the success of this typical Guatemalan sweet is the fruit. The Guava fruit is a very native tropical fruit of Guatemala with very peculiar characteristics, such as the intense flavor it has and a sandy texture; these details help create a very special and unique traditional candy. Not to mention that the small seeds it has give it a touch of bittersweet flavor on the palate.
Here is the recipe to this unique Guatemalan candy.
- 25 guavas.
- 2 pounds of sugar (regular or brown sugar).
- 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon.
- 1/2 teaspoon of orange or lemon zest.
Step 1 : First, clean and wash the guavas, one by one.
Step 2 : Boil them with water and cinnamon for about 10 minutes. Then remove them from the heat and blend the fruit in a blender machine.
Step 3 : Then, strain the mixture to remove the seeds (at least some of them), use a semi-fine strainer. Place the mixture in a pot and cook over low heat until it has the consistency of a jelly. Do not forget to continuously stir the mixture to avoid burning
Step 4 : Once the mixture is thick like jelly, place it on a flat surface and covered with wax paper. Form a thick layer with the jelly and let it cool completely.
Step 5 : Finally, cut the mixture into strips and roll them (like a Swiss Roll cake). Then cut it into small portions to form the little fruit rings. Then sprinkle the rings with sugar.