The Country Cook: Sweet & Crunchy Peanuts

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sweet & Crunchy Peanuts

Did you know another name for a peanut is Goober? Isn't that just a fun word to say?Why say you are munchin' on peanuts when you can say you are chowin' down on Goobers. In fact, I say peanut butter should be called Goober Butter. What do ya say, should we start a movement for Goober Butter? Ok, that might be far fetched but I still love the word goober.  Anyhow, one of my favorite snacks has always been peanuts. I just love them. Did you know a peanut is actually not a nut? It's in the bean family. And it is super high in antioxidents, even higher in capacity than grapes, spinach, broccoli and carrots. So see? They have health benefits too. 
At any given baseball game, my Dad and I can plow through an entire bag of them (and then some).  In fact, we eat so many, we create small mountains of peanut shells at our feet and folks go out of their way to avoid our part of the aisle so as not to have to step in them. You see, peanut shells can also be an effective tool in getting folks to not cut across in front of you during a baseball game. many uses! And now I want to share with you one of my favorite snacks to make with peanuts and it is so doggone easy but so tasty. This is a great little treat to make for all your friends who might be hanging out at your house on game day.
4 cups unsalted peanuts
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
You can also use lightly salted peanuts if you like that sweet and salty combination of flavors.

In a large pan or a medium pot, over medium heat, combine the sugar and water.  
Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Add in the peanuts and continue cooking.
Stir frequently. Mixture will get all nice and bubbly. This process will take about 10-12 minutes. You want the syrup mixture to dissolve until it is thick and gooey. At this point, you'll want to start to preheat oven to 300F degrees.
Once the mixture becomes hard to stir and becomes a super thick, sticky mixture, it is ready for the next step.
Spread peanuts onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (this will make it easier to remove later). Spread them out and separate them as best as you can.
Bake in 300F degree oven for about 12-15 minutes, stirring around every 5 minutes. Until peanuts start to look white-ish and crystallized-looking.
Take out of oven and allow to cool before storing. These can be stored in an airtight container and will last for months (if you don't eat them all before then.)
I like to put a bowl out on the table to munch on. They are like potato won't be able to eat just one.


  1. Oh.... my.... goodness. I think I'd eat the whole pan. Those would be SO DANGEROUS in my house!!! (But that won't stop me from trying this recipe!) :)

  2. My older brothers use to call me "goober" when we were children; I think I will keep it to my self that it tuned out NOT to be a bad name...tahehehe!

  3. Thanks for the yummy looking recipe. Bet these would also be good with just a teeny bit of cayenne pepper in the sugar mixture!

  4. Haha, funny name, didn't know 'goober' .. wouldn't prefer calling it this though, especially the 'goober butter' sounds ewwww you know what i mean, hehe :P
    And I wouldn't be able to stop munching on these too! In fact any sugar-glazed or salted nuts, for that matter :D
    So easy to make at home, highly overpriced in stores!

  5. It would be so hard to stop eating these.

  6. Brandie,
    Unfortunately, I remember that Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith show had a brother nicknamed "Goober". Too funny! There was also a chocolate covered peanut candy called "Goobers"

    i could eat the whole bowl, so I would have to ration these out:)

  7. Oh how I love easy recipes like's 'kinda' healthy too! Thanks for sharing Brandie.

  8. holy cow.. I'm going to make these when there's nobody else at home so no one will know how much I ate. :)

  9. I have got to make some of these!

  10. I hope y'all like this recipe. The old school recipe actually calls for raw peanuts. But they can be pretty hard to find unless it's in the middle of peanut season and not everyone can find them around the country. But if you can, you should try it with the raw ones at least once. :)

  11. These would be dangerous at our house! Thanks for sharing @ Church Supper. Have a blessed week, Brandie! And please come back again next Sunday ~EMM

  12. I would get myself in so much trouble if these were in the house! I could just sit on my loveseat and eat, eat, eat!

  13. Wouldn't it be good to add a pinch of salt for a salty/sweet combo?

  14. Goober peas got their name during the later years of Civil War. The Yankees took the food crops but left peanuts. Southern soldiers would boil the peanuts and referred to them as goober peas.

    I boil about 2 bushels of just dug jumbo peanuts every fall since that is still my favorite way to eat peanuts.


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