Friday, May 8, 2009

Chinese Peanut Candy/Fah Sung Thong

If you've never tried the Chinese candy made with sesame seeds and peanuts, you're really missing out! The flavor of these two ingredients held together by a sweet candy mixture is just out of this world. You can find these candies in any Asian Market but its far more fun to make it for yourself and besides, you know they are fresh. These are great for bake sales, holiday gifts when jarred and delicious snacks for your friends and family. They're easy to make, the microwave makes it easier and only have five ingredients! .


1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp water
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
14 oz skinless roasted peanut


Combine sugar, vinegar and water in a microwave-safe casserole dish until well mixed and cook in the microwave on high for 4 minutes, tilt bowl to swirl syrup around the dish and continue to cook one minute at a time without stirring until mixture is golden and reaches 300° F on a candy thermometer.

While the sugar mixture is caramelizing, line a 6 1/2" x 10" cake pan with foil and generously grease the foil.

Sprinkle half the sesame seeds and all of the peanuts evenly onto the pan.

When the sugar mixture has reached the required temperature, carefully pour the sugar mixture over the nuts in the baking pan.

Smooth the surface by pressing down with another pan of the same size, grease the bottom.
Sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds and cool slightly.

While candy is still warm, remove from pan by lifting the foil.
Cut into 2" by 1" pieces and then allow to cool completely.

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