If you’ve ever been to a fair you know the smell that comes from the cinnamon glazed almond booth. It’s how they get you. It’s possibly the best smell of all time.
A couple weeks ago I went to a conference with a youth group. In the hall, there was a cinnamon glazed almond stand. Every time we went out into the hall the smell assailed me and my wallet. Our little youth group probably laid down $200 to that purveyor.
After we left, I couldn’t get those tasty delights of out of my mind and decided to make some. I’ve tried making some in the past (a recipe with whipped egg whites), but they were just okay. Not authentic. Then I realized that I have the perfect tool to make authentic fair-quality almonds.
The Whirley-Pop !
I introduced this guy in my Popcorn Bar post. It is awesome for making popcorn and also makes the best cinnamon almonds. You need this to make authentic cinnamon glazed almonds because it allows you stir the almonds constantly and prevent scorching.
These are super quick to whip up. You can be eating them in about 20 minutes.
You dump 2 cups of almonds in the pan. Add 1 cup sugar mixed with 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon. Then add 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.
Leave the lid open and stir the almonds over medium-high heat. The sugar and water will caramelize and bubble, then suddenly all the liquid will evaporate and the almonds will be encrusted in cinnamon-sugar goodness. (It takes a while for the liquid to go, about 10 minutes of stirring.)
See how there is no liquid left? This happens suddenly, so make sure you are paying attention.
Quickly dump them onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and spread them into one layer to cool a bit before you chow down. They are best eaten while they are still a little warm!
Recipe Source: Whirley Pop