Sesame Peanut Candy (China)

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  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted, skinless peanuts


  1. Combine sugar, vinegar and water in medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Cook without stirring until mixture boils. Boil mixture without stirring until it is golden and reaches 295 degrees F to 300 degrees F or hard crack stage on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes.
  2. While sugar mixture is boiling, grease an 11 x 7-inch baking pan. sprinkle half of the sesame seeds and all of the peanuts evenly into pan. Pour sugar mixture over nuts in pan. Smooth surface with the back of a greased wooden spoon. Sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds. Cool slightly. While candy is still warm, cut into 2 x 1-inch pieces. Cool completely.
  3. Remove from pan.

Makes 2 1/2 to dozen pieces.

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