One of the local delicacies in Batangas is the Sweet Peanut Candy. It’s simply composed of caramelized sugar and nuts molded into the sizes of saucers. I was privileged enough to join the Carnation Family Foodtrip and see how this Filipino candy was made.
The cooking process started with the peanuts that were simmered along with brown sugar in a big cooking pot called the talyasi. The talyasi was huge that the worker needed a paddle to mix the peanuts and the brown sugar to achieve the right consistency. Here’s a closer look of how everything in the pot looked like:
The perfect consistency reminded me of the viscosity of what a can of pork and beans have, and after the cooking and constant mixing of ingredients were done, the lady with a wooden scooper began to dump the mixture into round molds on the table.
The wooden table was wiped with a little oil and cold water so that the sweet peanut candies won’t stick to it when the old lady was putting each scoop of hot mixture into the molds. The open ventilation of the sweet peanut factory had its use to quickly cool the molded mixtures.
Finished products were quickly packed just as they hardened. As for the rejects, they were packed in another way. The sweet peanut candy didn’t really need to be round to be sold at a good price, but the shape really makes a difference since the delicacy was known for its round and saucer-like shape.
You can also watch an HD video of how the candies were made here.
Anne Muriel’s Special Sweet Peanut