|Place of origin||Peru|
|Main ingredients||Squash, sweet potatoes, chancaca syrup|
|Cookbook: Picarones Media: Picarones|
Picarones (or Picaron singular) is a Peruvian dessert that originated in Lima during the viceroyalty. It is somewhat similar to buñuelos, a type of doughnut brought to the colonies by Spanish conquistadors. Its principal ingredients are squash and sweet potato. It is served in a doughnut form and covered with syrup, made from chancaca (solidified molasses). It is traditional to serve picarones when people prepare anticuchos, another traditional Peruvian dish.
Picarones were created during the colonial period to replace buñuelos as buñuelos were too expensive to make. People started replacing traditional ingredients with squash and sweet potato. Accidentally, they created a new dessert that rapidly increased in popularity.
Picarones are mentioned by Ricardo Palma. In his book, Tradiciones Peruanas, (literally Peruvian traditions) he mentions this dessert. Picarones is also featured in traditional Latin American music and poetry.
This dessert is mentioned in the autobiographical memoirs Remembrances of thirty years (1810-1840) (Spanish: Recuerdos de treinta años (1810-1840)) by Chilean José Zapiola, who described that picarones were typically eaten in Plaza de Armas de Santiago (Chile) before 1810.
- Compton, M. D. April 20, 2004. Peruvian Traditions: Ricardo Palma’s Latin American Historic and Folkloric Tales. United States. AuthorHouse. ISBN 1-4184-1046-2
- (Spanish) Plevisani, S. 2005. Dulce Pasión. Lima, Perú. Quebecor World Perú.
- (Spanish) Ada y Maricarmen. February, 1997. El Arte de la Repostería. Lima, Perú. Biblos
- Krystina Castella (3 January 2012). A World of Cake: 150 Recipes for Sweet Traditions from Cultures Near and Far; Honey cakes to flat cakes, fritters to chiffons, tartes to tortes, meringues to mooncakes, fruit cakes to spice cakes. Storey Publishing, LLC. pp. 268–270. ISBN 978-1-60342-446-2.
- "Historiadora Rosario Olivas cuenta la verdadera historia del picarón". 18 Feb 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
- Zapiola, José (1872). "Chapter II La policía de aseo i salubridad". Recuerdos de treinta años (1810-1840) (in Spanish). I & II (1st ed.). Santiago, Chile: Imprenta de El Independiente. p. 12. Retrieved 12 July 2015.