Mexican Candy (Leche Quemada)

Andra Kubala Recipe

By Andra Kubala amkmo3

20 Min

When I was a little girl my mom and aunt would take my cousin and me to Monterey House to eat. At the bottom of their chip basket they had a piece of candy, a chunk of yummy creamy goodness, that would generally cause a fight between Chris and I. But this candy was so worth the battle. It got to be such a battle that our mother's requested that they not put the candy in the basket but bring us a piece after our meal. Our Grandmother, the sweet lady she was, figured out how to make this delicious treat. So here is it in all it's creamy sugary glory!


2 can(s)
evaporated milk
5 1/2 c
5 1/2 Tbsp
1 tsp
1 tsp
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix milk, sugar, butter, salt, and vanilla in a large heavy pan and bring to boil.

Add brown sugar and stir until it dissolves. Continue cooking and stirring mixture over medium heat until it reaches soft ball stage. Stir until thick enough (as for fudge). Drop by teaspoonful on a buttered pan or waxed paper or pour into buttered pan and cut into squares.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #monterey, #house

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Vicki Davis VDavis1961
Jun 29, 2015
The minute I read treat at the bottom of the chips I knew you had to be talking about Monterrey House. We used to drive from San Antonio to Austin just to eat there and bring hot sauce home.
I still live in San Antonio but I think the original Monterrey House is still open in Pasadena, TX. It's the only one I've seen in the past few years.
Can't wait to try your recipe as I loved that little piece of candy. Real nice after warm, spicy hot sauce.
Monika Amick Monika_Amick
Dec 10, 2014
OMG, I have thought about this for years! I have asked every Hispanic friend if they knew what it was I coveted as a little girl. Thank you for posting this and bringing back great memories!
Jenn Ortega Jenn_Ortega
Jan 28, 2014
Could u plz tell me wat ounce of cans should i use for the leche quemada?
melissa going veneratedofgod
Dec 18, 2013
we used to live in texas and went there to eat. i too loved the candy and developed a recipe for it. mine was very similar (based on a fudge recipe i had). I didn't have the brown sugar and i used maple instead of vanilla.
Dec 9, 2013 - Bobby Webb shared this recipe with discussion group: "EVERYTHING MEXICAN"