Piloncillo is a caramely-rich dark brown sugar used in Mexican cooking. Learn about piloncillo, Mexican unrefined brown sugar used in beverages and various recipes.
The name piloncillo refers to the traditional cone shape in which the sugar is produced. It is also known as panela and panocha. There are actually two varieties of piloncillo produced one is lighter (blanco) and one darker (oscuro) better taste. The cone size can vary from as small as 3/4 ounce to as much as 9 ounces per cone. The cones shown in the picture above are about 3" tall.
You can store piloncillo indefinitely. It should be tightly wrapped and stored in a cool, dry spot in your cupboard or pantry. Piloncillo will get a whitish granular look to the exterior as it gets older but it still totally usable.
Fun Fact about Piloncillo Mexican Brown Sugar
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