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by hughpierre
Chancaca is a warm, sweet sauce made of raw unrefined sugar; typically from various plant sources.

Mechanics & Inner Workings

Chancaca elevates the overall taste to something robust and earthy without any of the added flavours.

Solid Candy

Chancaca blocks can vary in size, shape and texture depending on the region and molds used that possess a rustic appeal.


Further refinement separates a viscous liquid from the solid sediments before solidification.


It is also used in the preparation of other traditional sweets: marinades, meats, confectioneries and other sauces.

Manufacturing process


  1. Crush suitable sweet tasting plants to extract their juice
  2. Heat the extract in large cauldrons until most of the water evaporates, leaving behind a thick, dark brown syrup
  3. This syrup is then shaped into blocks to cool and solidify for storage
It is easy enough to make, but not in large quantities. Sometimes, my parents would mix the plants they boil; but the all taste the same.



Chancaca is commonly used to sweeten beverages; particularly for coca concoctions meant for the chosen children at the tail end of the Capacocha Ceremony.   Otherwise, commoners might just eat them as a simple mid-afternoon snack; easily favoured by everyone, for quick energy.

Item type
Consumable, Food / Drink
Owning Organization
Related Condition
Raw materials & Components
Sweet Sources:
  • Honey
  • Sweet Potato
  • Flavours:
  • Fruit Skin
  • Spices
  • Herbs

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