Learn how to make candied peanuts right at home! Super easy, quick and so much cheaper. You can use any nut you wish including peanuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, etc. as long as they are raw. Be forewarned, these suckers are addicting!
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What you’ll need:
2 cups raw peanuts or cashews or almonds or pecans or any other nut you wish
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
optional – vanilla extract, cinnamon, cocoa powder, chili powder, sea salt, etc.
In a large heavy bottomed skillet, combine all 3 ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Once up to a boil, continue to stir and cook over medium-high until the water evaporates and the sugar syrup seizes and crystallizes. Continue stirring and the crystallized sugar will start to melt and caramelize. Stir this to coat the peanuts until all the sugar has caramelized and no more granulated sugar remains. Remove from heat and immediately stir in 1 tsp vanilla extract if desired and then turn out onto a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Sprinkle with cinnamon, cocoa powder, chili powder, sea salt, etc to flavor to your tastes. Let cool completely and then break up nuts into individual pieces. Store in an airtight container. Makes 2 cups of candied peanuts. Enjoy!!