Plastic-free Christmas candy: Roasted almonds
Are you looking for an easy-peasy last-minute gift everyone will love? Then forget about plastic-covered candy. Buy a big bag of almonds instead (you can buy them loose or in bulk from a lot of organic supermarkets and health stores) and make roasted almonds – my favourite childhood goodie. For a small portion (fits in two medium-sized or three or four small glass jars) use:
200 g of almonds (unpeeled!)
120 ml of amaretto liqueur (or water)
1 pack of vanilla sugar
200 g of sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Heat up the amaretto and stir in the sugar, vanilla sugar, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Let everything boil for about 10 seconds and stir in the almonds. Then let everything boil until the liquid dissolves. Now let the sugar caramelize and once all the almonds are completely coated and they look white from outside, let them cool down on a baking tray (put some baking paper on it, too). Try to keep them separate so that they don’t stick to each other.
Once their cold fill them in glass jars. I always keep my jars for this purpose.
You don’t have almonds at home? The recipe also works with peanuts or walnuts!