Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling


81 pieces (about 2 pounds)

Updated: Jul. 26, 2023
Pacoca (Brazilian peanut candy) is an easy treat that has only five ingredients! It's a popular sweet in Brazil, and after you try it, I'm sure you'll love it, too. —Francine Lizotte, Surrey, British Columbia


  • 9 whole graham crackers
  • 1-3/4 cups dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash Himalayan sea salt


  1. Line a 9-in. square baking pan with parchment, letting ends extend up sides. Place graham crackers and peanuts in a food processor; pulse until just ground. Add sugar; process 10 seconds. Add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and salt; pulse until dough comes together.
  2. Press dough into prepared pan. Refrigerate, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight. Lifting with parchment, remove from pan. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.
Pacoca Tips

How else can you cut pacoca?

Pacoca is a Brazilian sweet treat that’s typically cut into squares or rectangular bars. If you want to have a little fun with this easy no-bake dessert, cut the dough with cookie cutters into your favorite shapes. You can also pack the dough into round cookie cutters instead of a baking pan, forming the candy into small cylinders.

How can you serve pacoca?

Pacoca is delicious when served as-is, and it makes a great snack or light dessert. You can also enjoy the treat by crumbling it on top of yogurt, milkshakes, ice cream, cake or anything else that would benefit from a touch of a sweet peanut flavor.

How long will pacoca last?

Similar to some homemade candy, pacoca is made with all shelf-stable ingredients, so you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature. It should be good for several days.

Lindsay Mattison, Taste of Home Contributing Writer

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 42 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.