I don't know why candied almonds aren't a bigger thing. I personally like them pretty well, it makes them a little more palatable going down. But, I just don't like how dry almonds are. Or maybe it's just nuts in general. I don't know. Maybe I'm weird about my nuts thanks to my dad.

However─in my book─candied almonds are the only proper way to eat whole almonds if you aren't eating them with other stuff. Well, unless you have chocolate-covered almonds. Because those are bae and nothing beats chocolate covered anything.

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But, candied almonds are a great gift in the sense you can eat them or add them as a topping to a dessert. Think Tastemade with their weird chocolate pasta thing that had candied hazelnuts on top. Yeah, that happened on their Snapchat story at one point. I don't know. It was weird. And I really, really don't like it.

Despite the weirdness that is Tastemade's Snapchat (but I really appreciate their food puns, they're on point), that doesn't detract from the great tasting and healthy snack that is candied almonds. They're a great gift around the holidays for your friends who like to keep their food choices healthy as they're festive and easy to eat.

Candied Almonds

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Total Time:30 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 1 lb shelled almonds
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl stir brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon until evenly mixed.

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  • Step 2

    Bring water, vanilla extract, and sugar mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.

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  • Step 3

    Add almonds and toss to coat.

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  • Step 4

    Remove almonds with slotted spoon.

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  • Step 5

    Arrange on greased baking pan.

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  • Step 6

    Bake for 20 minutes, basting twice with reserved syrup.

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  • Step 7

    Cool and store (airtight).

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