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Dulce de Batata
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
Dulce de batata is a popular jelly-like Paraguayan candy made with puréed sweet potatoes. It is a simple and irresistible sweet that can be served as an aperitif, a snack or like some natives do, even as a breakfast.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Latin American, Paraguayan, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 people
Author: Nisha Ramesh
  • 3 lb sweet potatoes
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon glucose syrup (or corn syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon agar-agar
  • cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  1. Cook the sweet potatoes with their skin in a large pot with boiling water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Once cooked, drain and peel.
  3. Mash the sweet potatoes and add the sugar and glucose syrup. Mix vigorously.
  4. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the preparation detaches from the bottom of the pot.
  5. Dissolve the agar-agar in cold water, add it to the mashed potatoes and cook for another few minutes, stirring constantly until reaching a temperature of 220 F / 105 C.

  6. Add the vanilla essence and remove from heat. Pour into a pan or casserole dish lined with parchment paper.
  7. Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.