Easy Caramelized Macadamia Nuts

Candied macadamia nuts
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Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 4 mins
Total Time: 6 mins
Total: 12 mins
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
225 Calories
17g Fat
20g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 83mg 2%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Having a convenient recipe for a nutritious snack that you can make at home in just a few minutes is one of the greatest kitchen tricks you can have up your sleeve. Our caramelized macadamia nuts check all the boxes, as they are filling, decadent, easy to make, and require only simple, natural ingredients. Say goodbye to the preservatives and additives used to give processed snacks shelf stability and welcome to your snack drawer these delicious nuts. Great on their own, the caramelized macadamias are even better with ice cream, yogurt parfaits, or when added to granolas. They also give a beautiful crunch to salads, baked cheeses, and iced cupcakes and cakes.

Macadamia nuts have their origin in Australia, where they constitute an important part of local indigenous populations' diets. Sweet and creamy, these nuts have a very hard shell, which means they have to be cracked by a machine, adding extra costs to their processing that make them very expensive compared to other nuts like almonds or pine nuts. You can find macadamia nuts in their raw form or roasted with or without salt. These nuts will keep well at room temperature for two to three weeks if stored in an airtight container. Commercially available in most supermarkets, they are also easy to find online. Although rich in calories and fat, macadamias are healthy nuts that offer fiber, vitamins, and minerals like manganese and thiamine. One-quarter of a cup of macadamia nuts brings to your table 2.5 grams each of fiber and protein, plus 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of manganese (2.3 grams per adult per day) with less than 1 gram of sugar.

Besides the nuts, you just need castor sugar, a common ingredient in British baking that is sometimes available in U.S supermarkets under the name of superfine sugar. This type of sugar has a texture in between regular granulated sugar and powdered sugar, with smaller crystals than regular sugar but not as fine as powdered. Castor sugar is also commonly used in making cocktails. If you can't find castor sugar at your local store, the easiest way to make it is to grind regular sugar in a food processor until it has a somewhat fine consistency. Measure the amount that you need after you've processed the granulated sugar.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar, known as castor sugar

  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, halved

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat a small, heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar and macadamia nuts to the pan and stir.

  2. Continue stirring gently until the sugar has melted and the macadamia nuts have caramelized.

  3. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool and then break into pieces. When completely cool, store in a tightly covered container.

Article Sources
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  1. Macadamia Nuts, Roasted Unsalted. FoodData Central. United States Department of Agriculture.