Penuche is a type of fudge-like candy that originated in the United States. It is made primarily from brown sugar, butter, milk or cream, and vanilla extract. The name “penuche” comes from the Spanish word “panocha,” which refers to unrefined brown sugar.
To make penuche, the ingredients are combined in a saucepan and cooked over medium heat until the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage (around 235 to 240 degrees Fahrenheit or 113 to 116 degrees Celsius). It is then removed from the heat, and the mixture is beaten until it thickens and loses its gloss. Nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, are sometimes added to penuche for additional flavor and texture.
The final result is a creamy, caramel-colored candy with a sweet and buttery flavor. Penuche is often enjoyed during the holiday season and can be found in candy shops or made at home. It is similar to traditional fudge but has a distinct taste due to the use of brown sugar instead of granulated sugar.
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