Candied Almonds feature roasted almonds coated with and bundled together by crystal clear, crisp and amber color sugar in the raw. They are so naturally yummy. The original molasses contained in the Turbinado Sugar, also known as “Sugar in the Raw“, gives you this satisfying flavor and taste. They are not overly sweet, just a touch of the genuine sweetness.
These tasty and healthy snacks contain just two simple ingredients, roasted almonds and turbinado sugar, that’s it! They are super easy and quick to make. The key here is to burn the sugar properly. Keep reading to learn the simple tips and tricks.
What Types of Sugar is Best for Candied Almonds, or any Candied Treats?
Turbinado Sugar, also known as “Sugar in the Raw” is by far the best sugar choice for candied almonds, walnuts or any candied treat. They are minimally processed cane sugar, therefore a healthier and more nutritious sugar.
Sugar in the Raw enjoys the natural golden hue in large crystals. Because they are the minimally processed, they contain loads of natural molasses, which elevates the taste and flavor.
Not only I use Turbinado Sugar for candied treat and baking, I also use them for cooking meat and fish. They truly makes everything tastes better.
How to Burn Sugar perfectly for Candied Nuts?
First thing first is to use Turbinado Sugar if you can for Candied Almonds or Nuts in general
Turbinado Sugar is naturally golden looking in large crystal. These two factors are important for a prefect candied almonds. Why? The sugar’s natural large crystal state makes the crystallization process of sugar natural and easier. The golden color gives the final candied almonds a deep amber color, which is very enticing.
Tip No.2 is to add a tiny bit of water to kick start the process
Few drops of water will help the sugar to melt slightly which helps kick start the burning process.
Tip No.3 is not to disturb the sugar during the process
Spread out sugar evenly across the base of the pan before cooking. Add the tiny amount of water in the middle. Turn the heat to medium and cook for 6 minutes. Do not touch the sugar during the process. Otherwise they may turn into whitish sandy looking stuff.
Last but not least is to maintain the medium heat level throughout the process
Keep the heat at medium level to help melt the sugar and further caramelize it. Otherwise, they may prematurely crystalize into whitish sand.
How to make a Perfect Candied Almonds?
First is to know the best ratio between almonds and sugar
For 1 cup of roasted nuts, use about 1/4 cup of turbinado sugar along with 1 tablespoonful of water.
Second is to burn the turbinado sugar properly
Spread the sugar evenly across a hard anodized fry-pan, and then add the water in the middle of it. Turn the heat to medium and cook for 6 minutes.
Small bubbles will start to form in less than 2 minutes. Please refrain from doing anything at all but watching carefully. Big bubbles will then form and burst. Then new bubbles will form and then burst, until the color turns into deep amber in some areas. This happens usually after 5 to 6 minutes. Once you see the color change, that’s the cue the sugar is ready.
Third is to quickly mix roasted almonds with burnt sugar
Once the sugar is properly burnt, it is truly action item. You will need to act swiftly. Quickly mix the roasted almonds with the burnt sugar to make sure the almonds are covered with the sugar as much as it can be. Drag the almonds to the edge of the pan where there are patches of burnt sugar.
Last is to use parchment paper and insulated gloves to help press and cut the candied almonds
Pour the hot mix on a non-bleached parchment paper over a thick cutting board.
Cover it with another parchment paper. Put on your kitchen insulated gloves and press straight down. Work over the whole area repeatedly until the whole thing turn into a flat slab. The candy is extremely hot temperature wise, make sure you wear well insulated gloves.
Remove the top layer of parchment paper, cut the slab of candied almonds into bite-size chunks.
Wait till them completely cool down and the sugar hardens into crystal looking. Then store in a air-tight glass jar. Enjoy a healthy yummy treat!