Candil (Creamy Warm Drink)

Receta de Candil

I love the creamy texture and sweet taste of Candil, it’ s just the perfect warm drink. We are welcoming spring, but here in the Northeast, it’s still very cold, and soups and warm drinks like this one help me fight the winter blues.

receta de candil

Candil is a traditional drink from El Huila department located in the southwest of Colombia. It’s very similar to Caspiroleta, another hot punch popular in the country, the difference being that Candil doesn’t have alcohol in it and it’s made with panela (sugar cane).

Buen provecho!




  • 4 servings
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup grated panela or brown sugar (or to your taste)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Ground cinnamon for serving

receta de candil


  1. In a medium pot combine the milk, panela and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat.
  2. In a bowl beat the egg yolks, and pour about 1/2 a cup of the warm milk over the beating eggs yolks and stir it well, then slowly add the egg yolk mixture to the milk and stir well.
  3. Cook over low medium heat, stirring consistently, until the mixture starts to thicken, while not letting it boil. Sprinkle ground cinnamon and serve immediately.
  4. Candil Colombiano

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