- 1 cup raw unsalted peanuts
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup filtered water
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Generous pinch of salt
Sugar Coated Vanilla Peanuts
In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to share with you a recipe that is near and dear to my heart: these Sugar Coated Vanilla Peanuts.
Growing up in the Republic of Congo, one of my favorite snacks were these Sugar Coated Peanuts. I would get so excited when my mom would come back from work and treat me to a bag of these peanuts, devouring them all in one evening!
Traditionally sold in stands on the side of the road along with other delicious treats, these peanuts are one of the very few Congolese snacks and desserts I remember vividly.
Once my family immigrated to Canada, quickly fell in love with local snacks and desserts and these peanuts slowly faded in my memory until one day, when I was doing the groceries with my mom, I saw bright red candied peanuts.
Curious about what they would taste like and remembering my love for my childhood snack, I picked up a bag of these ruby red peanuts. I devoured the entire bag within less than 24 hours and was immediately brought back to the Congolese Sugar Coated Peanuts I used to have.
The Canadian red candied peanuts were not exactly the same as my childhood snack. The sugar coating was a lot smoother and glossier, which made these peanuts less crunchy than what I had remembered.
That brings me to last year, when I was on a quest to remaking my childhood Sugar Coated Peanuts. I tried a few different variations until I found one that really spoke to me and that brought me back in time.
One important thing to remember when you make these peanuts is not to overcook and over caramelize the sugar. As you stir the peanuts and sugar mixture together, the sugar will go from liquid, to sticky to powdery. When it turns powdery, you really just have to cook the peanuts for 1-2 more minutes before taking everything off the heat.
If you leave the peanuts on the heat for longer, you will end up caramelizing the sugar, your peanuts will stick together and the coating will be darker in color and glossy instead of being a light beige color and granulated.
Well on that note, if you are looking for a super easy to prep satisfying snack or dessert, one that requires few ingredients, delivers on flavour and is highly customizable, this one is for YOU!
Furthermore, February not only being Black History Month, but also Valentine’s Day month, these peanuts make for a wonderful little gift to offer a loved one or to treat yourself with!
If you do end up making these Sugar Coated Vanilla peanuts, share them on Instagram and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).