As far as my family's concerned, I can't make this nutty snack too often. In fact, I save pint jars throughout the year as containers for this popular Christmas present.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
- 2 cups raw Spanish peanuts with skins (no substitutes)
- In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and food coloring if desired. Bring to a boil over medium heat; stir in peanuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes or until peanuts are coated and no syrup remains. Spread peanuts into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; separated with a fork. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Yield: about 4 cups.
Originally published as Burnt Peanuts in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2000, p47
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