Mixed nuts get a sugary sweet candied coating mixed with pumpkin spice for hard to resist fall treat. Pumpkin Spice Candied Nuts are perfect for snacking, gift giving or a sweet topping on a harvest salad.
Can you believe this is my first pumpkin recipe of the 2015 pumpkin season and it (gasp) doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin?!
Will you forgive me? Do you still love me?
I truly hope you will. Actually I believe you will after you mix these up and take one bite of these candied nuts.
Once the weather cools down, one of my all time favorite smells of the city is the guys on the corner cooking up the candied nuts in well worn copper kettles. It’s an old time and classic city smell, it beats the roasted chestnuts, warm pretzels and the whiff of chimney from the lucky soul that has a fireplace in their home.
That smell brings me back to my childhood when we’d take day trips into the city from Long Island, either to see a show, go ice skating or just to shop. That smell to me, says the holidays are near and winter is coming.
Plus can you really say no to the combination of roasted nuts, sugar and butter? I don’t think so.
While I personally think everyone should experience those NYC street corner candied nuts at least once in their life, you don’t actually have to leave your home to do so. These treats are so easy to prepare and it makes a ton to have on hand for snacks or to bag up for gift giving (if it lasts that long!).
Last year I played around with vanilla and cardamom in the mix but this year I added a generous dose of pumpkin pie spice mix. You can mix your own if you prefer one spice more than another or go the lazy route like I did and just use the jar you pick up at the grocery store.
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