What is it?
Roasted, sugar coated, caramalized almonds.
How is it called in German?
“Mandel” is the German word for “Almond”.
Cultural Background Story
Who actually invented roasted almonds?
The only document describing the art of cooking “Gebrannte Mandeln” is from the year 1871.
At that time, the production of roasted almonds began and the term “Viennese almonds”, which is still known today, dates back to that time.
These tantalizing nuts can be smelled cooking from afar! They are a special Christmas market treat, but are also a staple at German fairground festivals like the Munich Oktoberfest.
- 12 oz. raw whole almonds
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Add the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and water to a large pan and bring to a boil.
- Bring to a boil and add almonds.
- Stir over high heat until water is gone and the almonds get a white crusty look.
- Turn to medium heat and keep stirring until the sugar starts to melt and gives the almonds a shiny caramelized coating.
- Pour the almonds on a non-stick cookie sheet and spread to separate them.
- Store them in a dry, closed container.
Try this recipe with all other nuts that you like. It works especially well with walnuts, peanuts and pecans.
Packaged in a cute little jar they make the perfect hostess gift.