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Cashew Crunch

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
    1-1/4 pounds


  • 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


  • Line a 15x10x1-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.
  • Add cashews and bring to a boil; cook and stir until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage), about 6 minutes.
  • Immediately pour into prepared pan; spread with a metal spatula. Cool completely. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce-weight: 182 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • JoycemRhodes
    Dec 24, 2017

    I will NOT make this recipe Cashews are expensive and I love them. This recipe is very spicy with cayenne pepper. Guess I'll just have to throw the crunch out. I can't eat it. Should have known better than to put the cayenne in, but I thought I needed to follow recipe exactly. What a waste of good cashews. I agree also that it had way to many nuts.

  • rnskier
    Jan 8, 2017

    I wish I could rate one less star. This recipe is awful - I destroyed all ingredients and it was a total loss. Way too many nuts, not enough liquid, and no temperature instructions as to whether to heat up fast or slow. The whole thing ended up burning no matter how much I stirred without ever reaching 280 degrees - what a mess. Hope I can get this smell out of my kitchen and recover the pan...

  • keener69a
    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
    Jan 23, 2016

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

  • MMgrieb1
    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
    Dec 23, 2014

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

  • Beth Verbeten
    Dec 20, 2013

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

  • okgasdude
    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!