Spicy Sugared Almonds


These sweet almonds get spice from cayenne pepper and cinnamon.

Spicy Sugared Almonds
Total Time:
15 mins
4 1/2 cups


  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 ½ cup sugar

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 ½ cup whole almonds


  1. In a small bowl stir together the 1 tablespoon sugar, the cinnamon, and cayenne pepper; set aside.

  2. In a 4-quart saucepan combine 11/2 cups sugar and the water. Stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves and mixture boils. Add almonds and stir constantly over medium-high heat until water evaporates and sugar starts to dry and turn gray. (Sugar mixture will start to foam and then start to dry and look like sand. This takes 5 to 6 minutes.) Continue stirring constantly for 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar starts to melt and caramelize, coating about half of the almonds in a reddish-brown sugar mixture and the rest in a glossy sugar mixture. Sprinkle cinnamon mixture over almonds, stirring constantly, and immediately transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spreading almonds to separate. Cool, then break apart. Store almonds in airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

183 Calories
10g Fat
22g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Calcium 54mg 4%
Iron 0.8mg 4%
Potassium 147mg 3%
Folate, total 8.8mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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