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5 min.
125 min.
12 to 15 servings (2 candies per serving)

This candy is popular throughout Latin America and has many variations. In Guatemala it's known as "Little Milk Legs." Carnation Evaporated Milk gives it an especially creamy, rich taste. Although it requires some time and patience to make, the results are well worth it!


  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
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COMBINE evaporated milk, water, sugar and cinnamon stick in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until a temperature of 240° F. is reached. (This will take approximately 45 to 65 minutes.) Adjust heat as needed to avoid boilover. Remove from heat once temperature is reached.

REMOVE cinnamon stick. Stir vigorously periodically (it will lighten in color slightly) until mixture cools, thickens some more and can be handled. To speed the cooling process, hot mixture can be carefully divided into two bowls and stirred.

LINE baking sheet with wax paper. Use pastry bag with wide tip to form 2 to 3-inch long candies (legs). If pastry bag is not available, pieces of candy can be rolled with hands, dusted lightly with flour to prevent sticking. Allow to dry at room temperature. Store in tightly covered container. Makes approximately 24 to 30 candies.

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I lived in Guatemala for a couple of years and now miss this treat terribly! I'm so glad to have found the recipe here and make it here in the comfort of our home! Thank you!!!!

- Jennifer Pinillos from Godfrey, IL

Tasty Treat

My family just loved these! They came out perfect. I was a little concerned because of the length of time it needed to cook, but they were great!

- Lynda Lingg from Huber Heights, OH

Impossible to Make!

I've tried to make these, but I cannot, and it never gets gooey enough to roll or make 'legs' out of it. it takes a lot of your time, too

- Simona Shao from Arcadia, CA

milk candy

This reciepe was wonderful!!!! My children loved helping with this although they sampled more than made.

- michelle hanold from RHINELANDER, WI

Very, Very Good

How delicious. We used the "star" tip to make little logs. Carnation Milk and Sugar...What could be better!

- Jan Wilkins from BLYTHEVILLE, AR

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 12

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 170
  • Calories from Fat: 15
  • Total Fat: 2g (3% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g (7% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 10mg (3% of DV)
  • Sodium: 30mg (1% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 36g (12% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 36g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 0% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 8% of DV
  • Iron: 0% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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