Sugar Peanuts

"I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I think it just can't be bad. It is an african snack and I'm posting it for the World Tour 2005. The number of servings is an estimate."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved, to make a syrup.
  • Add peanuts. Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, until peanuts are evenly coated, and no syrup is left in pan.
  • Spread nuts out on baking sheets. Bake at 300 degrees F for about thirty minutes to one hour or until sugar is completely dried. Gently stir the peanuts a few times while baking. Remove from oven and place on paper towels, let cool, and store in airtight containers.

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  1. My mom used to make these and now I've taken over the tradition. In my usual fashion, I experimented with the recipe. In one batch, I added 4 tablespoons of butter - that adds a touch of salt and some crunch! The next batch I used half brown sugar. This makes them taste like peanuts you get in caramel corn. All varieties a bit hit at home and the office!
  2. I first had these at a friend's house. Her brothers made them becuase they were visiting from Africa since they're Missionaries. I also had some at her house that were actually from Africa. I am giving it 5 stars becasue my husband loved them so much. I like the original ones from Africa better, though. This was really easy to make. I just left them in a little too long and they were a tad too brown. I doubted that I could find the recipe, so thank you for posting it!
  3. I have had this recipe several years, but misplaced it. So glad to find it here. Thanks Maite for posting this recipe. Better than I remembered it to be!!
  4. We liked these! I got worried because the syrup crystallized in an instant on the stovetop, but they turned out fine after baking. Next time I will add a bit of salt. Thank you for posting Maite! Made for ZWT, please see my rating system as I rate tougher than most.
  5. I actually have been making these as Christmas presents for people ever since my best friend in high school gave me the recipe (nearly half a century ago... well, 40 years anyway :-) They are particularly good to give to vegan friends. I LOVE them. And had no idea it is an African snack. Thanks so much for posting.


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