google gave us hundreds of options for the seemingly simple recipe. people were getting a little heated on these sites. nuts 4 nuts is not original! my great grandmom has been making these since 1870! these are just candied nuts. and so on and so forth. so, if this is old news for you: carry on, carry on. clickety click. but if this is new news (?) for you, i will use one just word: AMAZEBALLZ. pardon my tenth grade french.
we basically followed this recipe. except we had to stir much longer than stated.
here's the low down:
1 1/2 cups raw nuts
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
bring water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat.
once the sugar has dissolved, add in the nuts. stir occasionally. after about 2-2 1/2 minutes, stir fast. soon the water will evaporate and the sugar will stick to the nuts. keep stirring (arm work out!) until the sugar crystalizes. it will start to darken and look golden like in these pictures. once it looks like this, turn the heat off. set on a tray or plate to cool. the longer they sit the crunchier they are. although, they are pretty darn good fresh and warm. just don't burn your tongue.
some things to note:
we spent $10! on raw cashews, which only made two batches of this. i am sure peanuts are cheaper but i love me some cashews. where can i get raw nuts for cheap? yes, i am cheap.
in new york they also do this with chunks of coconut, if you want to make me some and send them my way i won't be mad at you. email me for my address.
add some cinnamon or vanilla if you want to spice things up. and, trust me, you want to spice things up.
ok. make some now, thank me later.