I always have nuts around for snacking. I love so many different kinds, however cashews are one of my favorites. I’d been craving something a bit sweet, but still wanted to get something nutritious. This is in no way exactly “healthy” but I do consider it to be a better choice. It’s got some sweetness, some salty, and it’s a lot of fun to both make and eat!
1 cup salted cashews
1 cup salted roasted almonds
1 cup dried berries of choice (I used a mix of cranberries and cherries)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup honey
1 cup water
1 and 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons butter, diced
In a medium sized saucepan over medium heat add the water, honey, and sugar. Stirring every so often (every 3-5 minutes give it a couple stirs), slowly raise the temperature to 300-310F which is considered the hard crack stage. Check every so often with a candy thermometer. Mine took about 45 minutes to get up to temp. Don’t rush it or it could burn, plus it will make your kitchen smell delicious!
When you’ve reached the proper temperature, add in the butter, and then add all the nuts, fruit, and cinnamon. Slowly pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan lined with slightly greased parchment. Press down until the pan is covered, then place in the fridge for about an hour and a half.
When chilled, break up into pieces. I flipped it upside down and used a meat tenderizer over the parchment paper to break it up into the pan. It’s ready to enjoy right away!