This recipe is so easy to make and it only takes 6 ingredients! If you're a peanut lover like I am you're bound to love this sweet treat.
This chewy, sticky, nutty sweet was one of my favorite things to eat growing up. So when I got my hands on VA Diner's peanuts, I knew I just had to make a batch to relive my childhood sweet tooth. And unlike most recipes handling sugar, no thermometer is needed for this recipe making it super easy!
As a Virginian, peanuts are a staple and there's no better quality local peanut that VA Diner. And nowadays there's so many different flavors of peanuts you can get from them from spicy to sweet. Your bound to be nuts about these nuts.
Approx 2 dozen pieces, Approx. 30 Mins
What You'll Need
¼ Cup VA Diner Salted Peanuts
¼ Cup Black Sesame Seeds
¼ Cup Sugar
¼ Cup Honey
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Oil
All You Need To Do
In a dry medium pan, roast your peanuts on medium low heat for 5 mins. Set aside.
Add sesame seeds to the same pan and heat for 5 mins. Set aside.
Chop your peanuts into small pieces. You can use a food processor or place your peanuts in a storage bag and use a rolling pin to crush the peanuts.
Mix your peanuts and sesame together and set aside to allow to cool.
In a sauce pan, add your sugar and lemon, spread the sugar out evenly on bottom of pan to ensure even cooking.
DO NOT STIR. Let it sit in the pan until the sugar completely dissolves and starts to bubble.
Add honey and stir. Reduce the heat down to low and let it simmer for 15 mins. Stirring occasionally.
Drop a small amount of the sugar into a bowl of cold water. (Take caution while doing this as the sugar is very hot and can easily burn you.)
Give the sugar a few second to cool down in the water and then check to see if the sugar in the water is malleable (you can roll it into a ball or stretch it to shape it)
Add oil to your sugar mixture and stir for a few seconds to combine. Turn off heat.
Add your nut mixture to the sugar and combine everything evenly. TIP: Spray your spoon with cooking oil before stirring, it'll help keep the mixture from sticking.
Spray two sheets of parchment paper with oil (you can use a silicon mat as well but spray that with oil as well, it is very sticky).
Transfer the mixture to the parchment paper. Place the other parchment paper on top of mixture so that it's sandwiched in between both papers and roll it flat and even to the thickness of your choice. I like mine thin so I do about ¼ in thickness.
Peel off your top parchment paper and use a knife to cut into the shape of your choice. Typically cut into rectangles or squares. TIP: Spray your knife with oil to keep from sticking before cutting. Cut the candy while it's still warm, it'll be hard to cut when it's hardened.
Store your candy in air tight container at room temperature. You can enjoy it for several months if it lasts that long! Note: I place a piece of wax paper between each piece to keep them from sticking in the container and to make it easier to pluck out and snack on.