Cashew Crunch Recipe
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Cashew Crunch Recipe

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Folks can't stop eating buttery, brittle-like candy. Try using almonds or your favorite nut in place of the cashews as an equally tasty alternative.—Kim Croft, San Diego, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 2 teaspoons plus 10 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups salted cashews

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 182 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, cayenne, salt and remaining butter. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add cashews and bring to a boil; cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage), about 6 minutes.
  3. Immediately pour into prepared pan; spread with a metal spatula. Cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1-1/4 pounds.
Originally published as Cashew Crunch in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p76

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keener69a User ID: 3726671 257334
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

"Great flavor.... But I don't know what I did wrong, but I could've used a third of the nuts that the recipe called for. I had so many nuts it wouldn't spread, I tried smoothing it out with me hands, but that didn't work very good either. I'll make it again, but decrease the nuts and the pepper."

SundanceGirl User ID: 7228365 242392
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2016

"Outstanding! Cayenne is the perfect addition. Nice sweet with a little bite"

MMgrieb1 User ID: 8017781 239565
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"I loved this stuff and so did all my friends. I left out the cayenne as I don't like anything too hot, and it was so good without it I made another batch almost immediately. That's almost gone and I'm prepared to make another batch. Have given almost all of it away and now I want some! Also gave a friend the recipe as she was having trouble making peanut brittle with the baking soda and all that, and this is so much easier!"

Tootey User ID: 4029633 215737
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Loved this recipe. My family loves spicy food, and a spicy candy with nuts, fantastic!"

Beth Verbeten User ID: 5794436 112302
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"I agree! way tooooooo much cayenne! Will try again without!"

okgasdude User ID: 7044861 106643
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2012

"This is a delicious recipe, the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because its hot! Do yourself a favor, and leave out the cayenne pepper!! Looking forward to the second batch!"

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