Friday, July 29, 2011

More Nuts Please

Our fresh bag of Peanuts seems to be never ending, I have made up two lots of boiled peanuts so far and our little dish of fresh nuts that sits on the kitchen bench is topped up nearly everyday. 
This week I got  a little adventurous with my nuts, turning them from a healthy little snack into a surprise sweet treat for all.
Fresh is Best!
but Sugar Coated is better!!  
First you need to get yourself a few helping hands to shell your big bag of nuts . . .
We are very lucky to have fresh peanuts to shell and cook but any standard store bought raw peanuts can be used, just make sure you get the ones with the red skin still on them as the sugar coating will not stick to any nuts without the skins.
Sugar Coated Peanuts
1 cup of sugar
3 cups raw peanuts
1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon of cochineal or pink food colouring
Toss all ingredients into a large fry pan or saucepan, stir through and bring to the boil.
Stir continuously for approx 5 minutes until all the water evaporates and the sugar crystalises on the peanuts. 
Remove the coated peanuts from the pan and place on a baking tray to dry and cool down. 
Share with your family and friends 


  1. These look great Karen! I'd never thought of doing that myself. You do have a lot of extra helping hands though.... means that go a lot quicker too I suppose. cheers Wendy

  2. Wow, they look yummy.The kids look like they loved eating those out of the paper cone.

  3. Oh, yes please, think I'll be trying that too!

    I suppose you could do the same with other nuts? I just love sugar coated cashews and almonds!

    Have a nice day :)

  4. They look so delicious. I love sugar coated peanuts. I'm so tempted now to go out & buy peanuts to make some.

  5. Oh I am sooo going to try this. If they turn out, I will make them again at Christmas. Wonderful idea! p.s. your helpers are delightful

  6. Ooh your sugar coated nuts look and sound good!

  7. Mmmmm my Heartpoet brings them home from the farmers markets and they are lick ya lips delish!!

  8. Oh yummy, these are my husbands favourite, will certainly be giving these a go! Thanks for sharing! :)

  9. These look delish! You are a clever one.

  10. Oh, I haven't thought of these since....well for a long long time...My mum used to do these, and she also sugar coated pop-corn too....Thanks for the memory jog.

  11. the little black cow blogJuly 30, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Wow, it looks soooo easy. I am going to get some fresh nuts and try it too!!
    Did you know that if you have raw nuts, you can plant them in the garden and they will come up and produce more nuts????

  12. They look delish!
    Are the lambs here yet?

  13. yum..haven't heard of doing this before and so easy to do! What a lovely edible gift they'd make. This is my first visit here...I'll be back again!

  14. Yum scrum! Childhood memories flooding back. Have bookmarked your recipe. gxo


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