Candied Pecans

by Jennifer

One of the best tasting, easy to make candied nuts is candied pecans. If you’re looking for a quick and easy homemade gift or you just want something to spice up your salad, why not try a candied pecan recipe or two?



There’s nothing better than presenting friends and family with tasty homemade confection straight from your own kitchen. If you know how to toast pecans making candied pecans isn’t much more difficult, but it is more fun. And you can get pretty creative with this by making various versions of this tasty homemade treat.

This article will give you an overview of these candied nuts, a bit of their history and a few tips and tricks on shopping for ingredients to prepare candied pecans or the candied nuts themselves.

Great Ways to Use Candied Pecans

There are dozens of amazing ways that you can incorporate candy-coated pecans into your cooking. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Candy coated pecans are great as hostess gift when visiting friends and family.
  • Glazed pecans or spicy candied pecans can easily be incorporated into a variety of salads for impressive results.
  • Roasted pecans tossed with cinnamon and other festive spices make wonderful stocking stuffers.
  • Toasted pecans coated with a little sugar and butter are an easy, sweet snack that the whole family will enjoy.
  • Sugared pecans instead of plain can be incorporated into cookie and muffin recipes.

Is there a Difference Between Candied Pecans and Pecan Pralines?

The answer to this question will be different depending on who you talk to. Some folks believe that any pecan made into a candy is a praline. Others insist that in order for a pecan to be a praline it must be combined with both sugar and dairy in some variety.

Candied Pecans in Salads

Candied Pecans in Salads

Whether you prefer a heartier pecan praline or a lighter sugared pecan confection it is a good idea to be familiar with both. When you search online for a recipe for candied pecans be sure to also search for pecan praline recipes to increase the results you receive.

The History of Candied Pecans and Pecan Pralines

Whether you believe that a praline must contain dairy or not, the history of the candy pecan and the pecan praline are too intertwined to be separated. Most agree that the praline was invented by the personal chef of the French diplomat César, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin in the early 17th century. The original praline was almonds in a creamy sugar coating. Pralines came to America as part of the creole cuisine of Louisiana and pecans were substituted into the recipe because of the plentiful Louisiana pecan trees. Pecan pralines quickly became a commonplace treat in the South.

Where to Shop for Candied Pecans

The easiest place to find a huge selection of candy pecans is online. While you can probably buy candied pecans at local stores you will not be able to compare prices or varieties as easily. Unless you need them immediately your best bet is to shop online. If you have time and want to save a little money, the very best candied pecans are the ones you make with your own candied pecans recipe.

How to Make Candied Pecans

Most candied pecan recipes are fairly similar. You will generally need pecan halves, white or brown sugar, egg whites and spices if you’re making spiced pecans. After combining all the ingredients you spread the pecans out on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and bake for 30-40 minutes or until they are crispy.

Homemade Candied Pecans

Homemade Candied Pecans

This simple recipe just serves to show you how easy it can be to make candied pecans yourself. When you start to search for additional recipes you’ll find a huge variety to try.

Whether you’re dying to try honey roasted pecans or you’re in the mood to try candied pecans for salads you will not be disappointed. Nuts are naturally healthy and when candied they become completely irresistible. Why not find a few candied pecans recipes today and surprise your whole family with a great tasting treat?

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How to Make Candied Pecans

Of all the candied nuts candied pecans are a favorite among many people. Homemade candied pecans are ideal for gifts, parties and even a simple, yummy treat to keep around the house for the family.

Learning how to make them is fun, and it is probably easier than you think. With these simple tips you can easily make these candied nuts yourself in a variety of fun flavors. One of the great things about them is their versatility. They are versatile because of the different spices you can use to make them and they are versatile because you can add them to so many other foods to add texture and flavor. If you want to experiment with your own recipes, there are just a few general principles to follow. […]

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Where to Buy Candied Pecans

If you don’t have time to make candied pecans yourself but you still want to enjoy this wonderful treat you probably want to find the best place to buy them. When you’re trying to decide where to buy candied pecans, the internet can be a great help. Online you’ll find great selection, better prices and once you place your order, delivery right to your door or if this is a gift right to the recipient’s door. As you’re shopping for spiced pecans, here are a few things to look for: […]

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How To Toast Pecans

Candied pecans are delicious but sometimes you don’t want that sweet flavor or the added calories, in these cases toasted pecans often work perfectly. Toasted pecans or other toasted nuts are wonderful on their own, but they can really enhance baked goods, salads, side dishes or main dishes. Learning how to toast pecans is easy and once you know how easy it is and how tasty these toasted treats are you may wonder why you didn’t start doing it sooner.

There are a few different ways to toast pecans. You can toast them in the oven, on the stove or even in the microwave. The different methods have their advantages so you can choose what fits your needs and your preferences. […]

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Spiced Pecans

If you are looking for a sweet, spicy treat or fun gift idea consider spiced pecans, better yet consider homemade spiced pecans. Pecans are naturally cholesterol free and they are a great source of protein and other nutrients, so as a snack they’re hard to beat. Add a spicy candy coating to the natural goodness of pecans and you have a winning combination.

If you like spending time in the kitchen, or even if you don’t, spiced candied pecans are easy to make. There are dozens of easy to follow recipes available online and here is my favorite spiced candied pecans recipe: […]

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