Piloncillo syrup, Miel de piloncillo

Piloncillo syrup (miel de piloncillo) is made by melting piloncillo with water over medium heat. It is used as a sweetener for desserts like bunuelos, coffee, tea, and even pancakes or waffles.

Piloncillo syrup is also called miel de panela or miel de caña.

piloncillo syrup

What is piloncillo?

Piloncillo is sugar (piloncillo sugar) in its most natural, pure, stateless processed food and closer to the sugarcane plant. Piloncillo is a 100% Mexican sweetener that can be used to make sauces or cakes, like how you would use syrup or honey.

How do you say piloncillo in English? There is no exact translation, but you pronounce it like this: pee-lon-SEE-yoh. Some people call it Mexican brown sugar.


The flavor is more complex than brown sugar – it’s delicious, a little smoky, and has notes of coffee, caramel, and even rum.

For me, it’s a flavor that transports me to Mexico, to the village bakeries and the weekend breakfasts of my childhood.

piloncillo cone, cinammon sticks, water

How to make piloncillo syrup?

This Mexican sweet syrup is made by melting the piloncillo in a saucepan with water, and I like to add a cinnamon stick over medium heat. You slowly mix with a spoon or wooden spoon until the piloncillo cone is dissolved.

Tips for making piloncillo syrup faster

If you want to make it faster, grate the piloncillo cone with a box grater or cut it into small pieces.

water, piloncillo cone and cinnamon in a saucepan with water

Favorite ways to use Piloncillo syrup

  • In México we use it to sweeten capirotada (Lent dessert), atole, coffee, tea, champurrado and atole.
  • When I was young, my mom gave us miel de piloncillo with our pancakes or waffles instead of Maple syrup.
  • I love to use it to make salsas. The dried chipotles and piloncillo salsa is one of my favorite recipes ever.
  • Some people love to drizzle it over fruit and cheese.
  • I love to sweeten my coffee with it; it tastes like cafe de olla (Mexican coffee)
  • It also tastes fantastic with hot chocolate.


  • Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar.
  • If it crystallizes, heat it in the microwave or a water bath.
  • It can also be stored in the cupboard in a tightly closed container.
  • Piloncillo honey lasts up to three months when stored well.
pouring the piloncillo syrup in the galss container

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piloncillo syrup

Piloncillo Syrup

Alejandra Graf
Piloncillo syrup (miel de piloncillo) is made by melting piloncillo with water over medium heat. It is used as a sweetener for desserts like bunuelos, coffee, tea, and even pancakes or waffles.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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Total Time 20 minutes
Course Pantry condiments
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 cups
Calories 819 kcal


  • Saucepan



  • Add water, piloncillo, and cinnamon to the saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the piloncillo disolves.
    Stir from time to time with a spoon or wooden spoon.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 819kcalCarbohydrates: 197gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.04gSaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 2gSugar: 194gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 107mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Piloncillo, sweetner


Nutritional information of this recipe is only an estimate, the accuracy for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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