caramelized nuts

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 🙂

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Guagua Girl says:

    waaaah, i miss pili nuts. i don't think i've seen that mixed pack of growers. the thing is i'm not that big a fan of caramelized nuts. i like them as is, maybe salted just a little. my favorites are pistachios 🙂

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  2. Betis Boy says:

    oh, i remember a new product featured on tv: chocolate-covered pili nuts. those should be good. i haven't gotten my hands on them yet though 😦

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  3. Guagua Girl says:

    any chance i could get some of those chocolate-covered pili nuts for the holidays? 😛

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  4. Betis Boy says:

    i think they're just being sold in bicol (or maybe the trade fairs in manila). hmmm. that's a good reason for me to go to that part of the country 😛 he.he.

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  5. Guagua Girl says:

    don't you have to use a hammer to crack pili nuts open?

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  6. Betis Boy says:

    yup. i think so 🙂 but i think for mass production they already have a device similar to a cashew nut cracker.

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