Candied Almonds for Christmas

Candied Almonds for Christmas
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These candied almonds are quick to make and oh so yummy. You can make them as a treat for Christmas, as a quick homemade hostess present or just on a boring Tuesday 🙂

They take less than 20min to make and with only 3 ingredients (plus water), there is really no reason to ever buy them again.

Candied Almonds for Christmas

Make Candied Almonds this Christmas at home

In Denmark the shopping streets smell of delicious candied almonds every December as the street vendors put up tiny stalls and cook candied almonds over fire in huge oil drums. The smell is so irresistible, that it’s quite difficult to walk past one without stopping to buy a bag. Unless you have the recipe yourself, of course 🙂

Get the detailed step-by-step guide under the ingredients.

Candied Almonds for Christmas

Quick and easy recipe for candied almonds

I have given the detailed steps below the ingredients with corresponding pictures that should make it easy to follow.

I have a few tips to help you make them perfect the first time:

  • Don’t let kids make this recipe alone. The boiling sugar is just TOO hot and dangerous for them to handle alone
  • Mix the sugar and water first to make a sugar syrup. Once the sugar has melted, turn down the heat and add the almonds.
  • Cover the almonds in the sugar syrup. They will look very glossy and shiny as the sugar turns into caramel. Add the butter.
  • Keep mixing them with the sugar syrup on medium to low heat.
  • You will reach a point where the almonds start to cook but the sugar has not crystallized yet. Don’t worry. That is supposed to happen.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes more and suddenly the sugar will crystallize on the almonds. You can then choose to cook them a little longer and make them darker in colour or you can take them off and let them cool down on a piece of baking paper.

Candied Almonds for Christmas

Store the almonds at room temperature in an airtight container (like these from Tupperware) for up to 2 weeks. In less humid places than Goa, they will easily last for a month or more.

I have lots of other Christmas recipes on this blog:

Scroll past the ingredients to see all the steps with pictures. Hope you like this simple recipe. Please let me know how you got on and if there is anything more you would like to know.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas



    Candied Almonds for Christmas

    Keep all the ingredients ready

    Candied Almonds for Christmas

    Heat the sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed pan with large edges.

    Candied Almonds for Christmas

    Once the sugar has melted, add all the almonds

    Candied Almonds for Christmas

    Turn down the heat to low to medium and mix the almonds with the sugar syrup

    Candied Almonds for Christmas

    Add the butter and let it melt. Mix it in.

    Candied Almonds for Christmas

    The almonds will turn glossy and sticky like they are covered in caramel. Continue to stir the almonds on low heat for another 5-10 minutes.

    Candied Almonds for Christmas

    Suddenly the sugar will start to crystallize around the almonds. This will happen just as you start to wonder if it will ever happen.

    Candied Almonds for Christmas

    Cook for another minute until all the sugar has crystallized. Take the almonds off the heat and let them cool on a sheet of baking paper. Let them cool completely before you pack them away in an airtight container.

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