My mom's favorite candy is when I make these and use them to make rocky road (of course with homemade marshmallows and premium chocolate).
Stacey's Candied Spiced Hazelnuts Ingredients:
7.3 oz hazelnuts, peeled (instructions below)
1/2c sugar, organic (3.5oz)
1 tbsp (.5oz) butter, salted organic
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg (freshly ground)
I usually only find hazelnuts that are in the peel (if shelled - I've never tried to shell my own hazelnuts) so the best way to peel them is to toast them a bit, then rub them against each other in a towel. I used my toaster oven. I keep my nuts in the freezer to make sure they don't go rancid. So, I put them into a baking tray straight from the freezer into my toaster oven at 350F for 15 minutes. When they came out they looked like this, peels cracked.
The next step was to put the peeled hazelnuts into a sauce pan and add the sugar, butter, and spices. I prefer to use whole nutmeg and grate it myself with a spice microplane. It's amazingly more fragrant.
silicone spatula. This works best because it's heat resistant to 482F, so you can scrape the melting sugar from the corners without worry. First the butter will melt and the spices will distribute.
temperature gun, it might be reading 325-350F by the time you're removing them from the heat.