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Friday, August 19, 2011

Sugared Peanuts

Sugared Peanuts are like potato chips.  You can't eat just one!  You will need to buy green peanuts and I buy mine at the same place that I get my pecans, Shute Pecan Co. in Dothan.  They are a lot less expensive than pecans.  Dothan is known as the Peanut Capital of the World.   We celebrate each fall with a National Peanut Festival.  This involves a fair, beauty pagaent, soap box derby race, recipe contest, greased pig scramble, demolition derby, musical entertainment, and fair food for everyone. 

The festival is held to honor the peanut growers and celebrate the harvest season.  Dates for this year are November 4 -13.  

                                                      Sugared Peanuts

1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 cups green peanuts, shelled
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Bring water and sugar to a boil.  Add peanuts and vanilla.  Stir constantly until liquid has evaporated.  Turn immediately onto a foil-lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 min.    Allow to completely cool and place in a airtight container.

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