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Recipe: Cocoa-nuts to Black Thursday!

Posted by on November 22, 2012

I love the holidays, I really do. Halloween barely gets past before I’m blasting Christmas tunes all over the place. But I do have a few issues with corporate commercialism. Often times retail workers get nothing but the major holidays off if they’re lucky, and now they’re trying to take even that away from them in the hopes of a few more dollars from crazed people trying to get the latest gadget or toy that they probably don’t need.

Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people need money, but if you don’t feed your soul, you’ll end up miserable. I could have gone on eating wheat and having fatigue and a bit more money from my paycheck going to things other than gluten free stuff but I wanted to be as whole as possible and decided there was other things I was willing to do without as long as I had shelter, my babies and my sweetie. So getting off the soap box now, I know many people will be heading out…but not on Friday this year, but the craziness starts on Thanksgiving now.

Those workers have to go away from their families and go deal with greedy, pushy people just to keep a job (And I’ve been on both ends, so I can fuss when I’ve witnessed two old ladies fighting (literally) over a pair of novelty boxers) and so I say cocoa nuts to that and I’m not going out to Black Friday or Thursday (Although, I too will be working retail on  black Friday but most people won’t be looking at me to demand things since I’m only a sample lady). How does that all fit into this recipe? This is my sugared nuts recipe that will blow your mind and leave it hibernating happily until New Years. Actually, it’s just a nice protein to have on any holiday or for a protein boost if you’re one of the ones making the trek out to the stores.

This recipe came to me from a love of sugared nuts like you get at Fairs and festivals and a love of Hot Chocolate flavorings. I was going to just add a little cayenne for some spice to the sugar nuts (Sugar and spice?) and then I was like, but I like Cayenne and Chocolate, and turtle flavorings go well together (The candy, not the animal) so I added that in, and then some cinnamon just cause. These are all flavors I love with Hot Chocolate, which is perfect for Black Friday because it’s almost always freakin’ cold and this will warm you up in some little corner of your soul and give you some protein to get you through your oh so Black Holiday.


Difficulty: Easy but you have to devote time to it
Time: 10-15 minutes
Yield: 1 qt

Mise en Place

Cast Iron Dutch Oven (or deep sided pan.)
Wooden Spatula/Spoon
Pan lined with parchment
2 bowls
Oven Mitts
Jar with lid if for gift


12oz (by weight) nut of choice (I use Pecans)
1 cup of Sugar
1/2 Tbsp Cocoa (optional)
1 tsp Cayenne (optional)
1 tsp Cinnamon

I like to move it, move it.

This is a pretty easy recipe, really. Just measure out everything but the nuts into a bowl and stir it like you would for cinnamon sugar. Put the Dutch oven on the stove top and let it heat up. Put the nuts into it and start stirring it around with the wooden spoon, and KEEP it moving.
Otherwise, it will burn your nuts. Tee hee.
Then with your  mostly free hand, start adding the sugar mixture straight onto the nuts. Now you will loose a little to the bottom but as long as you keep everything moving, the liquid sugar will help keep the sugar glued to the nuts. Keep going until all of the sugar mixture is gone. Then pour over pan onto parchment and let cool. Break up any particularly large lumps and then once cool put into jar for gifts or just eat and enjoy your own roasted sugared nuts.
Note: You can warm the nuts right back up by a few seconds in the microwave or a few minutes on the stove. Makes a great gift for the holidays!
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3 Responses to Recipe: Cocoa-nuts to Black Thursday!

  1. Shirley @ gfe

    What a great and simple recipe, Tabitha! I agree on your message, too. As you’ve pointed out, it’s not just a matter of us opting out of Black Friday (as I do), now so many–the retail store workers—don’t have a choice, but to leave their families and work on Thanksgiving. 🙁

    Thanks for stopping by All Gluten-Free Desserts, All the Time and leaving such a terrific comment, dear!


    • Tabi

      Thanks for visiting. I have to admit it’s a bit of a thrill to get this up and going and having people I admire in the community seeing and liking what I have to share as well. Thank you so much, Shirley.


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