you know that christmas is around the corner when the caramelized nuts start showing up. tonight some caramelized walnuts popped up on the dinner table, thanks to our tito. i think these came all the way from the states. actually, they’re available here all-year-round but, for some reason, there’s more supply towards the year’s end (i guess because of the holiday demand). they’re a bit pricey as well, since most (if not all) are imported.
in the hierarchy of caramelized nuts, which do you prefer? the local “growers” brand actually has a pack of mixed caramelized nuts. and since i always save the best for last (“delay of gratification” as we call it in psychobabble), i always eat the peanuts first, then the cashews, then the almonds, then the pili nuts, then the walnuts. the local pili nuts can give the walnuts a run for their money when it comes to richness in taste and flavor (in fact, sometimes i buy the pack that only has them). too bad the macadamias are too expensive to be included in the mixed nuts packet. i wish a box of macadamias (this time chocolate-covered) will soon show up on our dining table as well 🙂