Top Secret Recipes Version of Nuts 4 Nuts

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Several years ago I was getting a weekly email from Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes web site. This is one that I received and printed on 12/13/2004. This is the description that came with it: “The streets of New York City are peppered with Nuts 4 Nuts vendors selling freshly candied nuts that you can smell a block away. For a buck or two you get your choice of warm sugar coated peanuts, cashews or almonds wrapped up in a little paper bag with the corners twisted closed. The nuts are candied right there on the carts in a large metal bowl over a heating element. Sugar and water are added to the nuts, then it’s all stirred vigorously as the water evaporates so the nuts develop a nice even coating without burning. They’re easy to make on the street, which means they’re even easier to clone at home. All you need for your own quick version of this addictive street snack is 1¼ cup of your favorite nuts, some sugar, a little water, a hot pan and you’re about 5 minutes away from an authentic New York City treat. Give this recipe a try with pecans and walnuts as well, and then use them on a spinach salad, along with a little goat cheese, and some diced apples or pears for a real gourmet touch.” I’ve made this recipe many times using all kinds of nuts and my favorite is made with salted mixed nuts. The combination of sweet and salty is so good. I make many batches of these for Christmas gifts each year. I finish one batch, rinse and dry the pan and start over. It goes very quickly. Recipe created by Todd Wilbur


  1. Bring 2 tablespoons water and ¼ cup sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the nuts and stir often until water evaporates. Continue stirring until the sugar begins to harden on the nuts. When the sugar on the nuts begins to turn light brown, pour them onto a plate to cool. Be careful not to cook the nuts too long or the sugar will burn.
Most Helpful

So easy to throw together, I'll definitely be sharing these for the holidays this year. I used pecan pieces, walnuts and cashews. The taste was like the nuts from a fair. I did sprinkle some sea salt on these, before they cooled, as I love 'sweet and salty'; I will try these with a variety of nuts; to have around for guests during the holidays, or to give as gifts! Thanks so much for sharing, A Pinch Of This ...

alligirl October 22, 2009

I've not had the original, so I can't compare, but these were very nice candied nuts. I made these exactly as posted. I must caution anyone trying these to not let the nuts cool too long or they will stick together and get hard as a rock and be very difficult to separate. Clearly, I learned this the hard way!

JackieOhNo! February 18, 2014

These are yummy! I used plain ol' salted peanuts. The first batch, I was afraid of burning, so they didn't come out as brown as expected. The second batch came out browner and stickier. The mix of the sweet and salty is delicious! Will try a mixed nut next. This will be great for my Christmas goodie bags! Thank you!

Mindy2 December 14, 2011