There’re only so many times you can have plain almonds as a snack before they get boring. Please don’t show me another bag of unroasted plain almonds for a few months! Not unless I’m going to be making more of these delicious candied almonds. These have an explosion of cinnamon and a hint of cayenne to give it the slightest bit of heat.
You could leave out the cayenne, but it actually brings out the heat of the cinnamon rather than making the almonds spicy. If you wanted to give these a bit more heat, I’d double the amount of cayenne that I added. I may do that at a later time, but for now these are perfect.
The nice thing about these almonds is that you don’t have to roast them and it only takes one pot! You do have to watch the almonds and continuously stir them until all the liquid is gone. Instead of roasting, you just need to lay the almonds out on some wax paper to harden. It all takes roughly 30 minutes, and it’s perfect to make up the night before and grab a handful as a snack to go. These are so addicting that I might try it with other types of nuts to see how well they turn out!