I spent a semester in Chicago, while in college and I absolutely loved it! Chicago is the greatest city and you can’t connivence me otherwise. Even thought my time there was brief, I made memories and friendships I know will last me a lifetime.
One of my favorite memories was when my friend, Angel, and I visited Navy Pier for the 2nd time. The first time we visited, it was still winter and Lake Michigan was frozen over. It was like a winter wonderland, absolutely beautiful. The second time we went was in the spring, and I needed to buy souvenirs. While walking around talking we were suddenly hit with the most amazing smell. This older gentleman was making candied pecans at his cart. We walked up to the man and started a conversation. He told us about his journey to America and how he just lost his wife but that he knew he’d see her again someday. We bought some of his freshly made candied pecans. He had a ton of different flavors but we went with the cinnamon. I’ve had candied pecans before and I don’t know if it was the conversation we had with this man or what but these were absolutely the best!!
Last year my husband, Shae, and I were at a local festival. There a booth was selling freshly made candied pecans. As ridiculous as it may seem, I was extremely excited. That was until I tried them and the excitement soon faded. They were okay but paled in comparison to the ones that I’d had at Navy Pier. After seeing my disappointment, Shae, said to me, “I bet you could make them”. This lead me on the hunt for the perfect candied pecan recipe. What kind of terrible person would I be if I didn’t share it with y’all?! Today I’m going to show you how to make the best candied pecans.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
2 Egg Whites
4 Teaspoons of Water
4 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
2lbs Pecans Halves
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon of Salt
*This recipe makes a ton of Candied Pecans which is perfect for sharing 😀
First you’ll want to preheat your oven to 250 degrees. In a gallon ziplock bag mix the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Then in an extra large bowl whisk the egg white, water, and vanilla until it’s frothy. Add the pecans to the egg white mixture and stir until all the pecans are coated.
Once that’s finished place the coated pecans into the ziplock bag with the sugar mixture. Next you with shake it up until the pecans are fully covered. *Dancing while doing this will only bring you more happiness. Spray the baking sheets with cooking spray. Then spread the pecans out on the baking sheets. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.
You will not regret making these!! Well, you might if you can’t stop eating them. Enjoy!!!