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Sugar coated vanilla peanuts

Made with five easy to find ingredients, these crunchy Sugar Coated Vanilla Peanuts are a wonderful comfort food snack and make for a lovely edible gift.

Growing up in the Republic of Congo, one of my favorite snacks were these Sugar Coated Peanuts. I would get so excited when my mom would come back from work and treat me to a bag of these peanuts, devouring them all in one evening!

Traditionally sold in stands on the side of the road along with other delicious treats, these peanuts are one of the very few Congolese snacks and desserts I remember vividly.



  • 1 cup raw, unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Arrange the peanuts in an even layer on your baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the peanuts have a light golden color. Make sure to toss your peanuts around every five minutes or so for even roasting.
  3. Remove the peanuts from the oven and add to a saucepan along with water and sugar. Stir and bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, decrease the heat to medium and cook for about seven minutes, stirring regularly using a wooden spoon. The mixture will go from liquid to sticky and to white and granulated.
  5. Once it is granulated, add salt and vanilla extract.
  6. Continue cooking, stirring constantly until the sugar coats the peanuts and turns a light caramel color, try not to let the sugar caramelize too much, you are looking to preserve its granulated texture.
  7. Remove from the heat and immediately transfer back onto the prepared baking sheet. Let cool for 15-20 minutes and transfer to a jar.
  8. Keep it in an airtight jar for up to two weeks.

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