Yield: 4 servings

Candied Pumpkin in Spiced Syrup (Dulce de Zapallo)

Candied Pumpkin in Spiced Syrup in a bronze bowl close up.

Pumpkin (or other winter squash) simmers in a piloncillo and water syrup with whole spices, then gets topped with yogurt or ice cream, fresh grated nutmeg, and a chiffonade of fresh mint. An easy Latin inspired treat!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 small pumpkin, cut in wedges, fiber and seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 cups grated piloncillo or brown sugar with 2 teaspoons of molasses (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Arrange pumpkin wedges in a deep skillet with a lid.
  2. Add the sugar to the center of the photo as shown in post (or similar).
  3. Arrange whole spices on the mound of sugar, then pour water over top. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a full simmer. Cover. Stir the liquid occasionally.
  5. Simmer 30-40 minutes until pumpkin is very tender but not soft.
  6. Remove whole spices.
  7. To a shallow bowl, add 2 wedges of pumpkin, and spoon syrup over top.
  8. Top with vanilla yogurt, ice cream, or creme fraiche as desired.
  9. Garnish with fresh minute and fresh grated nutmeg.
  10. Enjoy!


Piloncillo is widely available in the US. I cannot speak for other countries (other than Latin countries which are sure to have it). As I mentioned in the post, the flavor is unique, but you can substitute brown sugar with a bit of molasses. Find piloncillo on Amazon.

Cooking time will vary depending on the thicknesses of your wedges. It should require 30-40 minutes.

Macronutrients (an approximation from MyFitnessPal.com) are based on 1 cup of raw pumpkin, and 1/4th of the syrup (that is pretty generous!). I also included 2 ounces of full fat vanilla yogurt with each serving.

Nutrition Information:


4 servings

Serving Size:

2 wedges

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 1gCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 5g