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Robert St. John

Restaurateur, author, enthusiastic traveler, & world-class eater.

Sugared Peanuts

As a kid, I never ate the peanuts in my box of Cracker Jack, opting for the caramel-coated popcorn only. If the peanuts would’ve tasted like these, I wouldn’t have had any reservations. 


2 Tbsp butter
¼ tsp salt
1 pound roasted unsalted peanuts
2 cups sugar


In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in 1 /2 cup of the sugar and cook until it begins to turn a light tan (It will also begin to melt slightly). Stir in peanuts mixing well in hot sugar mixture. Sprinkle another 1 /2 cup of the sugar and continue mixing constantly. Cook 4-5 minutes. Repeat process until all sugar has been added to the peanuts, constantly stirring the nuts to prevent uneven cooking or burning.

When cooled completely, store in airtight container.

Can be served warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 6 cups

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