|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 2 cups (12 portions)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 12g||16%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 21g||8%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|*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.|
Filled with protein, good fats, vitamin E, and plenty of minerals, almonds are a true power food. Nutrient-dense and healthy, these nuts are a great portable snack. We took a simple nut to the next level, coating it in sugar and making crunchy candied almonds, with the right amount of sweet and bite.
Delicious on their own, these sugary nuts can be part of other recipes like chocolate-covered glazed almonds, or as fillings for truffles or fudge. Make homemade candy bars with them; top cakes, cupcakes, tarts, or pies; or use them as toppings for yogurt parfaits or ice cream bars.
Use extracts like citrus zest, rose water, or orange blossom water to make an exotic variation. Experiment with flavors like coconut or vanilla, use rum or Bourbon for a kick, or sprinkle the glazed almonds with sea salt or chili flakes.
Bottom line, have a jar of these wonderful treats at hand and use them wherever you find it appropriate. You won't regret it!
- 1/2 cup water
- 7 ounces (1 cup) sugar (granulated)
- 2 cups whole almonds (preferably raw)
Gather the ingredients.
Place a silicone mat on top of a cookie sheet or baking pan, or line it with tin foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set the baking sheet aside.
In a medium nonstick saucepan, combine the water and sugar and place the pan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then bring the mixture to a boil.
Once the sugar syrup is boiling, add the almonds and reduce the heat to medium. Stir frequently until the sugar crystallizes around the almonds—this should take about 5 to 8 minutes.
When the sugar crystallizes, it will probably become difficult to stir, but continue stirring at your best. Eventually, the sugar will start to re-melt, and it will caramelize, turning a deep golden brown color. At this stage, the liquid caramel will coat the almonds.
Once the sugar is caramelized and completely liquid, pour the almond mixture out onto the prepared baking sheet. Use a fork to separate the nuts while the sugar is still liquid.
Let the almonds set at room temperature until they're cool and hard. Once the almonds are set, break them apart and serve!
Storage and Usage Ideas
- These delicious candied almonds can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week, but after a few days, they may start to get a bit sticky. The sooner you consume them the better.
- If using them in pastry decoration, add them at the last minute, since the moisture from frosting or other elements might cause the nuts to get sticky and the caramel coating to liquefy.
- Use glazed almonds in savory dishes to add a sweet crunch and delightfully nutty flavor to salads, cheesy risottos, or creamy chicken preparations.
- Serve the glazed almonds as part of a cheese and charcuterie plate.
- Make tea sandwiches mixing 1 cup of mascarpone with 1/2 cup of chopped glazed almonds, and 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey. Spread some of the mixture on white sandwich bread and top with another slice of bread. Cut off the crust and cut little square sandwiches.