Last year around this time my husband brought 11 pumpkins home. Yup, you read right! He wanted to line our driveway with the pumpkins, which looked pretty cool, I must say, but the problem was that I was left with a ridiculous amount of pumpkin and seeds! I couldn’t just throw them away! I had to find a solution.
Every year, when I’m trying to figure out what to do with my pumpkin seeds, I end up doing the traditional roasted, savoury pumpkin seeds. One day, I had an “ah-ha” moment and wondered how my recipe for candied nuts would work out on my pumpkin seeds. The result…ridiculously addicting salty and sweet candied pumpkin seeds! This is one of my favourite recipes to date and I will never go back to making those regular roasted pumpkin seeds again!
This recipe works really quickly so have everything ready to go. Don’t be discouraged by the stickiness and stringiness when you first pour over the syrup and stir it with the seeds. Trust me, this recipe always works! Once you scrape those sticky pumpkin seeds back into the pot, with the heat off, and vigorously stir, you will see the sugar crystallize right before your eyes! Make sure, however, that the pot is very small so that you can use the edges of the pot to break apart the clusters.
This is a really a fun recipe and I highly recommend you give it a try! I added a YouTube video (above) just in case you want to see exactly how these pumpkin seeds are made.
I have a few more pumpkin recipes to go and then I’m retiring this seasonal fruit until next year!