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Candied Walnuts

These easy candied walnuts are perfect for salads, desserts and snacking!
Course Dessert, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 144kcal


  • 1 cup walnuts 125g
  • 1/2 cup sugar 100g
  • 1/4 cup water 60mL
  • 1/4 tsp salt 2g


  • Lay out 2 sheets of parchment paper or silicon mats on a heat proof surface. You can use your counter top or a baking sheet. It's a good idea to have a trivet for your pot nearby as well.
  • Add sugar and water to a medium heavy-bottomed pot. Swirl the pot around so the sugar melts.
  • Place pot over medium-high heat and bring the sugar to a boil.
  • Once the sugar is bubbling away add a generous cup of walnuts in and mix with a wooden spoon so the nuts are completely coated. Sprinkle salt on and continue to mix the nuts regularly as the sugar caramelizes.
  • When the sugar is golden brown remove pot from heat and use forks or tongs to quickly remove the nuts one at a time, or in small groups and place on the prepared parchment or silicone sheets.
  • Use your forks to separate any nuts that are touching and allow to cool completely.


  • Use a Heavy bottomed pot for this. If you use a thin pan the side gets REALLY hot and can burn the sugar. 
  • Leave the walnuts in the pot when they're done and quickly transfer them one by one or in small groups to a sheet of parchment paper. They will cool down much quicker and be harder to separate if you dump them all out at once.
  • The walnuts are done once they reach a golden brown color. Stir, stir, stir and keep an eye on them as they will burn quickly.
  • Normally I'm all about toasting nuts BUT they are basically toasting in the HOT sugar so go ahead and just use raw nuts.
  • You can sprinkle on spices like cinnamon toward the end of cooking in the sugar. Just mix together a bit before separating. 
  • I love a sprinkle of sea salt just after they're spread out on the parchment paper.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg