Candied Nuts – An Easy Way To Make Them
How to Make Candied Nuts
As you will know nuts come in all sizes and shapes and cater for all palets, they can be eaten raw, salted or made into candied nuts for a little extra treat.
When choosing nuts to candify select something like walnut, almonds, pecans and so on. You can enjoy them while watching tv and relaxing instead of others forms of candy or pack them in a small decorative box and use them as small presents for friends. They’re bound to be appreciated, but make sure they’re not allergic to nuts first!
Here’s a simple way to make candy nuts using walnuts.
For making candied nuts you will need:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups raw walnut halves
- 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
Preheat oven at 350° Fahrenheit. Place the walnuts on the middle rack of your oven and toast them for at least five minutes. Add two more minutes if the walnuts are not fully done.
Melt the sugar. While the nuts are cooling, pour the sugar onto a pan and melt over a medium heat. Stir continuously until all the sugar has melted completely and the color has turned amber. Once the sugar is melted, pour in the walnuts and stir, coating all the nuts with the glazed sugar. Take care not to burn the sugar. Once the nuts have been coated, turn off the heat.
Separate the nuts. When they are finished being coated in the melted sugar, pour them on to a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking to the container. Using two forks separate the nuts and sprinkle a little coarse salt sparingly. Let them cool before storing them in an airtight container.
You can alternate the walnuts in this recipe with either almonds or pecans, depending on your preferences. In fact almonds are very nice when sugar coated, they are a good firm nut with the characteristically Christmas taste of marzipan.
Please make sure though, when you give candied nuts as gifts to friends and family, they are not allergic to any type of nuts. Allergies to nuts can be very unpleasant and lead to very serious complications, usually rashes on the face and body, which is the most common, swelling of the airways like the throat, or worse, death, when not attended to immediately.