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State fair vanilla sugar pecans

August  6, 2011
3 Ratings
  • Serves 13
Author Notes

Whenever I tried to make some roasted nut recipe it never turned out tasting like the fair nuts. These do. —Fran McGinty

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups pecans
  1. mix all the ingredients except the pecans in a medium size pot.
  2. cook over medium heat stirring constantly until sugar is melted.
  3. add pecans and stir constantly until no liquid remains in pan.
  4. lay nuts on parchment lined cookie sheet to cool.
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eska December 10, 2011
I made these today as the method resembled what I saw at the Completely Nuts booth at the Iowa State Fair. These are as close as I have come to finding a homemade version. These really do taste like the nuts you buy a the State Fair. I used almonds instead of pecans, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Next time I might increase the vanilla, but otherwise, these are great as is. Thanks for sharing the recipe.