Candied Walnuts

Is it snack time yet? I rarely have food in my cupboards purposed for grazing. I'm not a grazer; when I eat it's generally more than a handful. When the mood strikes, however, I'll throw together an Unda-Snack if I'm being healthy or I'll make something that is the complete opposite. These Candied Walnuts skew toward the complete opposite and like most snack foods, are difficult to resist when sitting innocently on a table. Snack foods aren't always meant to be 'healthy,' are they? Mix this versatile snack into a salad, sprinkle over ice cream, or just grab a handful and eat up!

Servings: 2.5 Cups
Prep Time: ~15 min

8.5 oz Walnuts, halved
1 Cup Sugar, granulated
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
(or Cayenne Pepper, ground)
Salt, if desired

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

On a cookie sheet, evenly spread the walnuts and bake at 325 for 5 minutes, or until toasted. Set aside to cool. In a medium saucepan, melt sugar with cinnamon on medium-high heat until caramel in tone (light brown). Lower heat slightly and fold in the walnuts. Using a spatula, stir until well-coated. Remove the walnuts from the saucepan and spread onto parchment or wax paper. Using the spatula or fork and knife, separate the walnuts before they completely cool. Sprinkle with salt, if desired. Within minutes, the sugar will harden and the snacking can begin!

Note: Adding a dash of cayenne pepper to the sugar, and sprinkling with salt is my usual choice, but it doesn't seem that everyone is keen on fiery sweets.

Nutrition Info (1/4 Cup):
Calories 242, Total Fat: 16.3g, Sat. Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 0.7mg, Carb: 23.7g, Fiber: 1.7g, Sugars: 20.8g, Protein: 3.8g