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Give your guests a holly, jolly surprise with these spicy candied pecans!

They’re quick and easy to make, with an impressive twist to elevate your holiday snacking. This recipe takes the classic candied pecan to new heights with a spicy kick that’ll knock your Christmas socks off!

Our flavour-infused candied pecans aren’t just for Christmas, though! They’re a versatile snack that can be enjoyed year-round as an after-school treat or a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon. Sprinkle some on salads for a delightful crunch and burst of flavour.

You can easily personalize your candied pecans with any flavour profile you desire, with over 100 uniquely curated flavours made just for you! From the fruity, like strawberry or pomegranate, to the decadent, like chocolate or mocha, the possibilities are as vast as your imagination. Explore the endless potential for flavour exploration with Hedessent Flavour Drops!

 

Spicy Candied Pecans

By Jackie Troup | Blossom Bakery
Course Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cup jumbo raw pecans
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 20 drops Hedessent Chili Hot Flavour Drops - plus an extra 10-20 drops if you want to increase the heat after baking (optional)
  • 20 drops Hedessent Caramel Flavour Drops

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly butter paper.
  • In a small saucepan on medium-low, heat sugar, water, butter, and salt until the sugar has dissolved. Add 20 drops each Chili Hot and Caramel.
  • Place pecans in a large bowl and slowly pour sugar mixture over nuts. Toss to thoroughly coat pecans.
  • Spread nuts in one layer on prepared baking tray. Bake at 325°F for 10 minutes. Remove tray, stir nuts, and bake for an additional 6 minutes.

Optional Step for Extra Heat

  • Pour nuts back into bowl and add additional 10-20 drops Chili Hot. Toss thoroughly. Place back on baking tray to cool. Store in an airtight bag or container for up to a month at room temperature.

Notes

The heat level of these nuts is personal. Best to taste one after baking to decide if you need the extra Chili Hot.
These nuts are a delicious snack with cocktails or chopped on salads topped with fruit. They also make a delightful hostess gift.
The addition of the Caramel adds a more robust flavour to the pecans. 

Meet Jackie

Following a career as a professional artist and interior designer, Jackie Troup and her husband moved to his family fruit farm in Jordan, Ontario. Cooking and baking had alway been a passion and hobby, and the new scenery of farm and garden was a wealth of inspiration – one that kickstarted a new path for Jackie and her love for food. Though not classically trained, she was a voracious reader of all things baking and cooking, and in 2009, Jackie started Blossom Bakery, a small wholesale company selling to local stores, farm stands, and farmers markets. The bakery went on to win the Town of Lincoln Small Business Award and Shannon Passero’s Women in Business Award.

Jackie’s love of developing recipes and creative flair turned to obsession while trying to meet the needs of the ever-growing vegan and gluten communities. The bakery has become a place where everyone can enjoy a tasty treat to suit any palate. Now a seasonal retail bakery on her family farm, customers can see where their food is made and what inspired their creation.

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