|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||23%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||11%|
|Total Carbohydrate 31g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||11%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Sugar-coated candied peanuts (or caramelized peanuts) are a popular snack food in many countries. It's really no wonder. They're crunchy, sweet, and very satisfying, especially when they're freshly made.
This is one of the best snacks you will find in Morocco and a specialty of many street vendors. There's no need to travel, though. Instead, you'll be pleased to know that caramelized peanuts are fairly easy to make at home. The only secret to success is to be patient and work over low heat to avoid burning the sugar as it caramelizes.
Enjoy them as is, or use them as a topping for your favorite homemade ice cream or salad.
Gather the ingredients.
Line a large baking sheet or pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
In a heavy-bottomed skillet, combine the peanuts, sugar, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens into a syrup.
Continue cooking and stirring for about 10 minutes, or until the liquids evaporate and a sandy-textured sugar mixture coats the peanuts.
Lower the heat a bit and continue stirring as the excess sugar in the pan begins to melt. This will take several minutes. Once the syrup begins to form, it will change in color from clear to golden to amber. Stir constantly and be careful that the heat is not so high as to burn or darken the syrup too much.
When the syrup is a light to medium amber color, and the sugary coating on the peanuts has glazed, remove the skillet from the heat.
Sprinkle the salt and orange flower water (if using) over the peanuts and stir.
Turn the peanuts out onto your prepared pan and quickly spread them into a single layer. Allow them to cool and harden before serving.
Be sure the caramelized peanuts have cooled completely before storing them in an airtight container. Enjoy.
- Make a double or triple batch, as these peanuts will go fast.
- They are also perfect for holiday gift-giving. Just put them in a Mason jar or gift bag and tie them with a ribbon.
- Jazz them up with different kinds of salt, add spices such as cayenne pepper for some heat, or add cinnamon for some sweetness. Or for the holidays, sprinkle them with gingerbread spice.
Caramelized Peanuts in Morocco
In Morocco, caramelized peanuts are sold as a snack food by street vendors and small shops that also offer roasted hummus, nuts, sunflower seeds, and other treats. In Ramadan, a vendor who sells candied peanuts near our home after night prayers makes them on the spot from his cart. He likes to add a little orange flower water or rose water for a unique touch.
Snacks such as these are often purchased in very small quantities in Morocco. The handful of nuts is carried home, sometimes still warm, in cones or packets quickly fashioned from scraps of paper.
Sometimes, the paper is torn from discarded school notebooks or workbooks. It's a perfectly efficient packaging for the peanuts and a great way to recycle paper. On more than one occasion, we've challenged our kids to some of the exercises found on those papers.