Yesterday, my son walked in a parade with his Cub Scout pack. It was a good ole hometown fall festival and parade with high school marching bands, games, amazing food, generous smiles, Civil War re-enactors, monster trucks, and more!
My daughter and I sat on the sidelines waiting for the parade to start, and during the parade, enjoying the friends and fun. I thought ahead and brought drinks and snacks so I wouldn’t be breaking my budget. However, a certain food trailer was calling out to both of us (especially after our friends went and bought some)…Candied Nuts. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts and pecans. All covered in crispy wonderfulness and incredibly addicting.
After delighting in the fantastic taste, as is usually the case, my first thought was: I can make this!!! I had several bags of almonds from a plan to make a previous recipe, so I figured I would go ahead and give it a try! Often times, I try foods like this and think, surely it must be difficult to make them, especially since they can get away with charging $4.00 for a cup of them! Wrong! They were super duper easy and quick and provided instant taste gratification!
- 3/4 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 cups almonds (any nuts of your liking will do)
Mix all ingredients except almonds in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Add almonds. Boil and continuously stir until water has evaporated. Spread out on wax paper lined cookie sheets and cool 15 minutes.
The trick to this is to constantly stir and MAKE SURE you cook away all the liquid. If it is syrupy at all still, you are not done! It took just under 30 minutes for this process to complete. 30 minutes of standing and stirring is SO WORTH IT for this recipe. They are DELICIOUS! As soon as I do everything else I need to accomplish today, I am going back to make the recipe with my walnuts and peanuts too! I’ll probably try adding something like pumpkin pie spice and see if it changes the taste at all.
I even used a cake decorating parchment triangle to wrap the candy up. It looked just like the package we bought the nuts in at the festival. Very authentic and this would make a GREAT homemade gift to hand out to friends at the holidays!