It’s February 15th, so you know what that means! Happy Semi-Annual 50% Off Candy Day! Now that Valentine’s Day has ended stores have to hurry up and get rid of all that “holiday” themed candy, which means I can finally refill my candy dish at work. Sadly, it’s been holding an unwanted handfull of Halls cough drops and a lone tootsie roll for the past four months–I had a terrible cold and I thought the cough drops would be a nice treat for both myself and the sick students I met with. Now that the cold season is nearing an end, I need to put something a little more enticing in there for my students (and me, I’ll admit it).
Even though Valentine’s Day is over, I wanted to share with you what I gave my coworkers yesterday–candied almonds. I would consider this an anytime treat, just make up a new pun based on the day or how you feel 🙂 This holiday’s pun is…
“I’m nuts about you!”
The recipe is from mybakingaddiction.com and I can say they were really simple to make. Luckily, I had vanilla sugar on hand! I made a batch of the vanilla sugar about a year ago and have been saving it for special occasions. This was definitely a time to break out the good stuff. I omitted the salt because the almonds I used were already salted. I also added in a bit of nutmeg. I think the best part of making these, besides the smiles on my coworkers faces when I gave them away, was the heavenly smell that wafted from the oven.
How Do You Make Vanilla Sugar?
If you want to make your own vanilla sugar, just put a few cups (4 cups is a good amount) of plain old table sugar in a food processor along with the seeds that you’ve scraped from 3-4 vanilla beans. DON’T THROW OUT THE PODS. Pulse a few times to evenly disperse the beans. Pour the sugar into a canister and stick the empty pods into the sugar. Let this sit for a while (3 weeks is good) so the flavor and aroma can seep into the sugar.
You can download the cute tags below. I left a few blank so you can write in the message of your choice. I bagged the almonds in icing bag and tied it with curling ribbon.
How do like to show people you care throughout the year?