Black Pepper Candied Walnuts


  • 4 cups of shelled walnuts
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper

Written Method: 

Have everything ready before you start, because once you begin the process, you won't be able to stop and get your things together.   Included in this is having your pans of parchment or waxed paper, and having all ingredients on hand.

In a large skillet (so they will have plenty of room to move around), combine the 4 cups walnuts and the 2/3 cup sugar.  Stir together on medium-medium high heat until the sugar melts.  It may take a while, but just keep stirring.  All at once, you will see the sugar start to liquify.  That's when things start to happen quickly.

When the sugar melts, continue stirring while you add the 1 tsp salt and 1 Tbsp pepper.  *Tip - hold your breath while you add the pepper.  LOL!  Or you may notice everyone in the kitchen starting to cough.   

After each element is incorporated, turn the walnuts out onto waxed/parchment paper-lined sheet pans, spreading them out as much as you can with a wooden spoon.  

In a matter of about a minute or so, you should be able to handle them with your hands to separate any that are sticking together.  You really don't want walnut "clusters."  But you have to do this before the caramel hardens.

Allow them to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.  I betcha you won't be able to eat just one!