Thursday, August 18, 2011

Peanut Drops (Peanut Clusters)

Peanuts are known by many local names, including earth nuts, ground nuts, goober peas, monkey nuts, pygmy nuts and pig nuts. The term "Monkey nut" is often used to mean the entire pod ...but to us its just plain ole peanuts.

In my family we have this love for anything “nut”, maybe it’s an island thing because on any given day you visit our house, there’s always a can of either cashews or peanuts hiding out somewhere. In the islands we use it in many dishes & drink recipes like; peanut punch, porridge, pies, candy, or just an on-the-go snack. It’s such a versatile staple that we just cant get enough of. I used to love when my mom made these as a school day snack for us, they’re so addictive, I would actually do extra chores just so I can have more.

So when Anna asked me last night for peanuts as a snack, I figured why not jazz it up for her. Hence @ 10pm I was whipping up a batch of my favorite childhood eats. 

* This pot of lava can be dangerously hot ... please use caution*


2 cup roasted peanuts
3 tablespoons minced or shredded ginger
2 cups brown sugar
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 cup water

Combine the peanuts, nutmeg and ginger
Place in a deep pot with the sugar and water
Boil until water is gone and the sugar is like a sticky caramel
Place a non-slip mat or a sheet of greased paper on a flat surface
Stir the mixture in the pot with a large spoon to be sure it does not stick to the bottom.
Use the spoon to scoop out mixtures of 1-1/4-inch wide mounds
Each mound should be placed in a separate heap so they may cool & harden properly

Store in air tight container & enjoy
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