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Groundnut Sweet (Sugar Peanuts aka Candied Nuts)

Highly addictive peanuts that have crunchy sugar coated layer. Perfect on-the-go snacks and even during movie time or while reading.
Course Snack
Cuisine African
Keyword quick and easy, sugar peanuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -5
Calories 582kcal
Author AfricanBites


  • 2 cups shelled peanuts
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar sub granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla flavor or 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Bake shelled peanuts in the oven at 325 degrees on a cookie pan, single layer for about 15-20 minutes-Stirring the peanuts and rotating the tray for even roasting. Remove and set aside.

Method 1

  • Heat water in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla bean or flavor, bring to a boil. Add the roasted peanuts
  • Turn the heat to medium high to high, stirring occasionally, until sugar is grainy and crystallized, 15 to 18 minutes. Do not caramelize the sugar.
  • Remove from heat, spread it out on a cookie sheet or tray. Let it cool and serve

Method 2

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a 12inch skillet over medium heat, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla flavor, and water.
  • Bring to a boil, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add peanuts, and cook stirring, over medium heat until peanuts are evenly coated and crystalize. (Do not let it caramelize)Remove the peanuts and spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in oven for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes for even roasting.
  • Remove for oven and let it cool.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 3.1mg