Street Fair Almonds

If you’ve been to a street fair, county fair, carnival, flea market, or something similar, you may be familiar with the heavenly scent of roasted, candied almonds.  They are served up warm in a cone shaped paper and are irresistible!  If you want to make these at home, pay attention.  This is the recipe you want.

Street Fair Almonds

1 egg white

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon molasses

1 cup white sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 1/2 cups raw almonds (do not use roasted or salted almonds)


Preheat your oven to 250 degrees, and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper.  (A jelly roll pan is a cookie sheet with 1″ sides.)

1.  In a small-ish bowl, combine the sugar, salt, and cinnamon.  In a large bowl, whisk together the egg white, vanilla, and molasses until foamy.

2.  Add the almonds to the foamy mixture and stir to coat.  Add the dry ingredients to the almonds and stir to coat.

3.  Transfer the coated almonds to the parchment paper lined pan and spread them out in a single layer (or close to it).

4.  Bake for 90 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  If the almonds seem a little chewy, put them back in the oven for an extra 15 minutes.  Keep in mind they will crisp up as they cool, too.

This recipe can easily be doubled.  Just use a larger pan or two pans.  Store the nuts in an airtight container.  I don’t know how long they’ll keep in storage — they always get eaten well before I’d need to worry about that.

I hope you make these almonds and enjoy them as much as our family does.  The smell of the roasting almonds brings back memories and makes the house smell WONDERFUL.  These are great for holidays, parties, and whenever you get a hankering for them.  The recipe I use is an adaptation of a few recipes I found online.  Feel free to use and change the recipe to suit your taste.

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2 comments for “Street Fair Almonds

  1. Debbie
    April 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Oh, this is very dangerous knowledge to have.

    • Cheri
      April 30, 2014 at 7:31 am

      Heh-heh-hehhhh…. Dangerous, indeed. 🙂

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