how to make groundnut sweet


Groundnut sweet also know as candied peanuts or sugar-coated peanuts is a popular snack in many countries. They are crunchy, sweet, insanely delicious and simply irresistible!

In Cameroon, these are sold as a snack or street food. I remember my uncle warning me sternly years ago that I should never purchase Groundnut Sweet. According to him, I was going to damage my teeth if I dared to eat any. He said this because of the sugar crust all over the peanuts/groundnuts.

groundnut sweet -sugar coated peanuts

To an extent, Uncle was right. The sugar can be overwhelming especially if you are not a sweet-tooth person. BUT I have an epic solution to overwhelming sugar here. Add some salt! OKAY, the salt doesn’t take away the sugar but it takes away the overwhelming sweetness you get when you use just sugar. Plus the sweet and salty combo in a snack is to die for! Try it, I tell you.

candied nuts

You guys, this thing called groundnut sweet hardly lasts for long in my home when I make it. But if it survives in yours, store in an airtight container for future enjoyment.

groundnut sweet recipe cameroon

You need very minimal ingredients in this recipe with the basic ones being the nuts, some sugar and water. Now with those three things you can make really tasty candied peanuts. But I love to take it up a notch by adding salt, and some form of flavor.You can watch me in the how-to video of this recipe adding ground nutmeg. Here pictured, we have vanilla extract and cinnamon as flavor options. These are equally very good. Just choose the flavor you prefer and use or you could even make it with no flavor at all and it will still taste good!

candied nuts ingredients

Now this whole recipe takes only 15 minutes. Fifteen! So it’s one of those thing that you can jump up and do if you want a quick crunchy satisfying snack. Also, you could use this same recipe with any nuts of choice – almonds, pecans, etc.

Making this is very easy as you can see in the video. If you have not yet subscribed to my YouTube channel, CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE so you never miss any of my videos.

How to make groundnut sweet:


Start by roasting the peanuts for a few minutes. For the quantity of nuts in this recipe, I roast them for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring from time to time. Roasting the peanuts ensures that they are crunch and it also lends them a nice flavor.

Making cameroon groundnut sweet roasted peanuts

Then pour the sugar, water salt and flavor (nutmeg, vanilla extract or cinnamon) into a pot. Stir and add in the peanuts.

Making cameroon groundnut sweet_

Mix and let it bubble.

Making cameroon groundnut sweet sugar coated peanuts

Then keep stirring until the sugar crystallizes, nicely coating the groundnuts.

Making cameroon groundnut sweet easy

Let it cool then sit down and enjoy yourself! By enjoy yourself, I mean eat some. Then eat some more. You deserve it, honey. Check out the full recipe below!

5 from 1 vote
how to make groundnut sweet
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

You will go nuts over this candied peanuts recipe. Sweet, crunchy and irresistibly good!

Course: Snack
Cuisine: African
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 402 kcal
Author: Precious of
  • 2 cups raw peanuts (groundnuts) - (292 g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 1/2 cup water (118 ml)
  1. Place peanuts on a skillet and roast on medium heat, stirring from time to time for about 5-10 minutes.

  2. Add sugar, water, salt and nutmeg in a pot set on medium heat and stir to combine. Add in roasted peanuts and mix well. Bring to a bubble then keep stirring until the sugar crystallizes on the peanuts. This takes about 5 minutes.

  3. Spread on a tray to cool then enjoy! To preserve, store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

1. Other ingredient options for adding flavor to your candied peanuts include vanilla extract and cinnamon. You could really use any flavor you like or use no flavor at all.

2. Omit the salt if you want it very sugary but I find that adding salt yields the perfect blend of sweet and salty.

3. If you choose to double this recipe, note that the cooking time will increase.

4. Us this same method to candy other nuts like almonds and pecans. SO GOOD!

5. Instead of roasting the peanuts on the stove-top you could roast them in the oven - spread them on a tray covered with parchment paper on a single layer then roast for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

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  1. Wow I love these. I love making them with cashew nuts too. In NYC this is a well sought after street food. Thanks for sharing 😊

  2. Precious I have not seen this before but I have seen and eaten the groundnut coated with flour, it’s a popular brand here called peanut bugger. I would love to DIY this version that you have shared myself. thank you for sharing


  3. please won’t we peel the groundnut before or after frying? or are we to coat with it’s back?

  4. Hi dear, i made this sweet but the not turned soft after the whole process though it was very crunchy after roasting it. Pls where did I get it wrong? I love this snack and I believe increase my income through it. Please help me out. Layo

    • Hi Layo, I think you either put in too much water or your heat was too low. Please follow the exact measurements in the recipe as they are. Let me know if you try again.

  5. I mean the groundnut became soft not crunchy after the whole process.

  6. Thanks dear, some one said it was because I seasoned the nuts with salt and water then Sun dry it before roasting. I was told it should not have seasoning for it to be well crunchy and last for a month. Any objection, please what is your view?

    • Sorry for the late reply, Layo. It looks like you didn’t follow the recipe. I do not season the nuts before roasting. You should roast them as they are with no seasoning.

  7. Hi, love your blog. Please the cups of flour and sugar is it tin milk cup or which measurement amounts to that? Thanks

  8. I tried it,but it got burnt , where did I get it wrong

    • Hi Miriam, your heat was probably too high or you cooked it for too long. You should make the Groundnut Sweet on medium heat and once the sugar crystallizes turn off the heat. Hope this helps.

  9. Just tried it and it was so tasty and crunchy too

  10. your recipes are always my final bus stop
    accolade to you

  11. Just tried this for the first time and the results turned out like… EXCELLENT

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