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 www.TopSecretRecipes.com