Published November 1, 1999.
We discovered how to get maximum flavor with minimum mess.
Most spiced nuts are made with a heavily sugared syrup that causes the nuts to clump awkwardly and that leaves your hands in a sticky mess.
At holiday parties, even so-so spiced nuts usually disappear faster than the host can replenish the bowl. We wanted to develop a recipe that was both tasty and neat.
We eliminated two popular methods--boiling the nuts in syrup and tossing them in butter--straight off. The former made the nuts sticky, and the latter dulled their flavor. A third method, coating the nuts with an egg white mixture, pretty much overwhelmed them with a candylike coating. What finally worked was a light glaze made from very small amounts of liquid, sugar, and butter, which left the nuts just tacky enough to pick up a coating of dry spices.list of recipes