You know what they are, you smell them before you see them and you are fishing out your wallet before you know it paying a small fortune for a cone of them at a fair or festival someplace. They are yummy almonds surrounded by a lovely sweet spicy cinnamon mixture. They are awesome to eat on the go because they really aren't messy and they are nuts so they are good for you, right? ;-)
I would never have guessed they were so easy to make (although, maybe I should have since they are made in tents all over the country), but they are super simple, can be made with any nut, and are impressive as a gift, in a bowl to munch when you have unexpected guests, or as an addition to your cookie or treat trays (Christmas is sneaking up fast!).
I found the instructions (via Pinterest, who'da guessed) here.
You probably have the ingredients sitting in your house right now!
Cinnamon Almonds (or any nut you like!)
3 cups nuts (I used almonds and walnuts)
1 cup sugar (the regular granulated kind)
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Place water, sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a saute pan and mix together over medium heat. When well combined (but not heated through or anything) add in nuts. Stir, keep stirring, DON'T STOP STIRRING. They should take you between 5-7 minutes and they are done when all the moisture is gone and the mixture crystallized and holding onto the nuts (not all of the mixture will hold on, that is okay, in fact I measured that I had 1/2 cup sugar/cinnamon mixture left over at the bottom of my nuts when all was done and the nuts were plenty coated). Spread them on a sheet pan immediately to cool. Store in a cool dry place for up to a month (these would be awesome for sending to military friends/family).
The picture IS actually of the nuts I made. I, personally, liked the walnuts even more than the almonds, and I think I'll try it with pecans when the holidays are a little closer.