Cajeta Candy (Chewy Cinnamon Milk Candy)*

Cajeta Candy (Chewy Cinnamon Milk Candy)  recipe via

I know exactly what you are thinking…What is Cajeta??

Cajeta is a syrup (kind of like Dulce De Leche), except it is traditionally made using a mixture of goat’s milk and cow’s milk. You caramelize the syrup and cook it until it is thick and then add in a dash of cinnamon. You can use it on top of many different things…from cakes, crepes and in between two wafers. It is a true Mexican specialty – and in my opinion – so much better than Dulce De Leche!

Cajeta Candy (Chewy Cinnamon Milk Candy)  recipe via

Since I am still a Texas girl at heart, my Cajeta loving roots are still strong. I miss being able to find it in stores and bakeries and set out on a mission to make my own.

But instead of making it into a traditional syrup, I wanted to make it into a chewy candy! After a few failed recipes, I decided to base the original recipe on chewy homemade caramels.

I tried it with half cow’s milk and half goat’s milk like the original recipe for Cajeta…and it just didn’t taste right. Then I tried it with Half & Half…and it’s perfect!

The best way to describe theses is cinnamon chewy milk candy. Sure it sounds strange, but I promise you will LOVE it!


Cajeta Candy (Chewy Cinnamon Milk Candy)

Yield: 32 pieces


  • 3/4 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Grease a 9x9 inch baking pan. Set aside.

In a medium sized pot over medium-high heat, combine half & half, granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and butter. Cook while stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 250°F. Remove the pot from the heat.

Stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking pan and let the mixture cool completely. When cooled, cut into small rectangles and wrap in wax paper for storage.

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14 Responses to “Cajeta Candy (Chewy Cinnamon Milk Candy)”

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    Tieghan — September 12, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

    Holy moly!!! These are so cool!!

    You are right, I had no idea what cajeta was, but now I have to make it! Like I have to! Your description sounds so incredible and I mean better than dulce de leche?? Yeah, I have to got to make it! Then I will make these candies because these sound just as good and perfect for Halloween!

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    Joanne — September 12, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

    I would not be able to be trusted around these! The whole batch would be eaten in one shot.

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 13, 2013 @ 3:32 am

    Omg I have never ever heard of this candy but I know I would LOVE it! The cinnamon, the milkyness, so creamy, mmm I want! A chewable form of dulce de leche, spiked with cinnamon. HEAVEN!

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    raquel from J.C. — September 13, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    First time we disagree: I think dulce de leche (the real dulce de leche imported from Argentina) is the best! If you go to Buenos Aires you should try Havana brand dulce de leche, In Argentina they even have a dulce de leche repostero, that is ddl bakery grade more dense and made for baked goods.
    Having said that, your cajeta candy looks wonderful! I would try it this Christmas season, thanks for the recipe!

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    Katrina @ WVS — September 13, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Love these candies! They sound soooo scrumptious!

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    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — September 13, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    These are great! I am always looking out to try new candies and I am little more confident due to succeeding at caramels. These are definitely going to be made during the Xmas period!

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    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — September 13, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    I saw the explanation for cajeta in the back of one of my cookbooks and I just wasn’t sure how I would feel about it. I think the goat’s milk is what throws me off. But these candies…. do they sound delicious!! I will definitely have to give them a try!!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — September 13, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    I bet these just melt in your mouth! What a fun project this would be for a rainy day – delicious recipe!

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    Miss Messy — September 13, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! Glad I found them!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — September 13, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    These look really good – I’ll have to try this out some time!

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    Monica — September 14, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    Wow, this candy looks delicious! I love that it’s milky and creamy and has cinnamon too! (:

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    Caren — September 16, 2013 @ 4:56 am

    Looking delicious! Thank you for the recipe! I’ll give it a try!

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    Nicole — September 16, 2013 @ 4:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, these candies would be dangerous for me to have around the house! I love cinnamon and chewy candy. I’m going to have to make some for the holidays :)

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    Deborah — September 17, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    This is dangerous. I’m pretty sure I’d eat the entire batch myself!!

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