Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wet Nuts (Walnuts)

Teehee.  You read it right, "Wet Nuts"!   They still make me giggle like a teenager.  Either because I am just that immature, or I just let my sense of humor roll most of the time. 

When I moved to New Jersey, my first trip to the boardwalk is where I was introduced to the ole "wet nut".  Oh my gosh, I just keep laughing.  Anyway, we got ice cream and my husband (then boyfriend) orders wet nuts on his.  I was like, "WHAT is THAT"?  I mean, let's just be honest, if you haven't ever heard of them, I know you are chuckling, and I, who tends to be a bit more dramatic at times, almost lost my marbles.  I could tell he was mortified, but did it stop me?  No.  For days afterward, I still giggled.

So what ARE wet nuts?  They are toasted walnuts, in a syrup flavored or made from maple syrup.  Now there are as many versions of this as there are people who make it.  Where I live maple syrup is pretty pricey.  When I tell you what I used, you might die.  I used regular pancake syrup.  Now for a special occasion or for guests I would use maple syrup, but for just us at home, I went with a more budget friendly choice.

Oh NO, I forgot to say, this is NOT healthy.  Wet nuts are NOT good for you.  Hold on, I need to gather myself. 

Anyway, these are an Atlantic City Boardwalk tradition and I hope you enjoy them too!  I think you could even put this on top of cinnamon rolls, apple pie, etc.  Oh yes!  Wet nuts galore!

I store these in a small jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

12 ounces walnut pieces (toast in a 350 degree oven for 10 min)
3/4 cup maple syrup or regular pancake syrup
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla or maple flavoring or both!

After walnuts are toasted combine all ingredients until well mixed.  Place in a container or jar with a lid and keep refrigerated.  Mine keep up to 2 weeks this way!  Top ice cream, or anything else you can think of.  Let me know what you use yours for!!


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