One recipe that I thought I’d only want to make as a treat at Christmas time, has proved to be something that I enjoy making any time of year. I love the taste of cinnamon and vanilla, and I also love almonds. Not only are almonds a great pre-workout snack, but they a great addition to sweet treats. 🙂 Here’s a no-fail recipe for candied almonds that I found on All Recipes. (The original recipe doesn’t include vanilla extract, but I find that the extract gives that little something extra! The link to the original recipe is posted at the end of this entry.)
I don’t usually like to add too many pictures in one entry, but for this particular recipe I believe it is necessary for you to see exactly how the almonds should look when they are done. If you remove the almonds from the heat when they still have any liquid, the end result will be a gooey mess. Here’s the recipe that has been a hit every time, enjoy! 🙂
Cinnamon Candied Almonds
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup superfine granulated white sugar (regular granulated white sugar works as well, however it will take longer for the sugar to dissolve.)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups whole almonds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a saucepan, combine all ingredients, and place over medium heat. (Don’t be tempted to turn the temperature up, be patient otherwise you will burn the syrup.)
- Stir the mixture constantly, and slowly bring to a boil.
- Continue to cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until all liquid has evaporated. The key is to not have ANY liquid remaining, and for the sugar to have re-crystallized on the almonds. (See picture with explanations below. This process will take up to 30 minutes, and you must stir constantly otherwise the sugar will burn onto the almonds and the ending result will be a nasty burnt taste.)
- Once finished, pour the almonds onto a sheet of parchment paper, and allow to cool before eating or packaging. At first, the almonds may no longer be as crunchy, but after about 30 minutes of cooling time, the almonds will be hard again.
- Note: try drizzling the candied almonds with chocolate! 🙂