Tracy’s Famous Candied Peanuts
I have a confession to make. I LOVE nuts. Salted roasted nuts, Chinese boiled peanuts (sounds gross but ooooh how delicious), and of course, candied nuts. I’m that girl in the corner shoving handful after handful of the tasty gems into my mouth while everyone else is looking fabulous, sipping on cocktails and not messing up their lipstick. Oh you don’t want to touch nuts at the cocktail bar that everyone else has probably gotten germs all over? I will.
Crazy people like the folks behind the South Beach diet recommend eating just a tiny handful of nuts, per serving. 20 small peanuts… Say what??
Everything is good in moderation, but obviously they haven’t had THESE nuts. Tracy’s famous candied peanuts. Throw restraint out the window, and get ready to hit the treadmill for a few days, because you will NOT be able to keep your filthy little hands out of the peanut bag until you’ve licked the bag clean. I dare you to try.
Like David Lebovitz, we also love swirling these into ice cream, along with a homemade caramel, for the most incredible candied peanut caramel ice cream. Our founder Tracy Chow whipped up a batch of Guinness ice cream with these candied peanuts, stuck it in the freezer and went for a walk. Upon her return, the whole thing was gone! Quite a mystery… (wipes corner of mouth). The dog probably ate it.
Enough of my perfect peanut propaganda. You get the point.
So this St. Patrick’s day, forget Chocolate Beer Cupcakes with Whiskey filling and Irish Cream icing. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Forget green eggs and ham. Who wants their eggs with food coloring? Blech.
This St. Patty (and every day after, for that matter), we are sticking with the tried, tested and true Irish way. A frosty cold brew, and a bowl full of nuts.
Cook & prep time: 30 minutes
Written and photographed by Tracy Chow & Jennifer Yu