These sugar coated peanuts are sold every where in the streets of Rio de Janeiro from food carts. They are made on the street without much hygiene concerns, but nobody seems to care.They are crunchy, good and cheap.
Only after I took these pictures for a photography course, I noticed their fingernails. But I pretend I don´t see and savour them happily.
You can see some more pictures of peanut and coconut in the streets of Rio in my You Tube.
The recipe is easy to make at home, take a look bellow.
1 pound peanuts - (about 500 g) - raw and unsalted
1 pound sugar (about 500 g)
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup water
Mix all ingredients in a large and shallow pan.
Cook in medium heat mixing with a wooden spoon from time to time.
The water will start to dry out. Pay attention.
Turn the heat off when peanuts look dry and has just turned opaque. Transfer them to a plate or baking dish to cool.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
If you cook the peanuts too long the coat will fall apart. Bring them back to the pan and add about 1/4 cup of water, cook again repeating the process.