Turron de Doña Pepa (Lord of Miracles)
How much candy to you eat during October? Sit down to a meaningful dessert instead.
Turron de Doña Pepa is a sweet, anise-flavored Peruvian treat traditionally eaten in the month of October.
In Peru, the month of October is better known as the Purple Month, in honor of “El Señor de los Milagros,” “the Lord of Miracles,” which is a painting by an African slave of Jesus on the cross surrounded by his Mother and Mary Magdalene. This painting survived natural disaster and the government's threat of removal. After a number of miracles were attributed to the painting, it became a pilgrimage site.
A woman nicknamed Doña Pepa attended the procession of the Lord of Miracles and was cured of the paralysis she suffered in he arms. She created this dessert as a thank you to the Lord of Miracles and overtime it became the dessert of the festival.