This sugar garnish creates a wow factor on any dessert and is a great way to give the art of sugar confections a try.

EatingWell Magazine, November 2021


Credit: Leigh Beisch

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare an ice bath and place next to the stove. Place a heavy cutting board at the edge of the counter with a piece of parchment or newspaper on the floor directly below. Insert a long wooden skewer in each hazelnut.

  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Place a small metal bowl over the top to prevent crystals from forming. Boil until thickened and medium amber in color, about 12 minutes.

  • Place the pan in the ice bath to thicken the caramel, about 3 minutes. Working quickly, dip each hazelnut into the caramel: if it's cool enough, it will form a thick string that will drip down from the hazelnut. Place the end of the skewer under the cutting board to hold it in place so the drip can harden.

  • When the caramel has cooled, use scissors to trim the end, if desired. Remove the nuts from the skewers. If it's humid, serve immediately; otherwise, they can hold for up to 3 hours.


If the caramel hardens, you can reheat it over low heat. Also, for easy cleanup, fill the saucepan back up with water and bring to a boil. This will melt all the hardened sugar on the sides of the pan.