Now, before anybody says it – yes, I know that nuts of any sort can be tricky. So, before giving these spicy maple mixed nuts as a teacher gift, be sure to check with your teachers about the school policy about bringing nuts into the school at all.
Guys are always tough to buy for. Male teacher gifts are even harder to come by.
One of my children’s former kindergarten teachers used to joke that, while he was extremely grateful for all of the Tim’s cards he received, he wouldn’t have to buy his own coffee for at least a year.
Glad to see I am not the only parent who comes up short for teacher gift ideas.
Women always seem to be easier to buy for. A quick trip to the mall yields soaps, decorative bits for the house, or even a simple scarf. What do you buy the guys? They probably have people in their world who buy them all the ties they need. Purchasing cologne for a teacher is just plain weird. Ditto for fancy hand soaps.
There are a couple of ways to get the smoky flavour in this recipe. The first is to get your hands on some President’s Choice Smoky Bacon Flavoured Maple Syrup. It is some truly delicious stuff, but if it’s not on sale, can be a bit pricey.
The second is to find liquid hickory smoke.This may be the easiest and most cost effective, especially if you decide to make more than one batch. Simply add 1/2 tsp to this recipe, along with regular maple syrup.
Gifting Spicy Maple Mixed Nuts
For the packaging part, I suggest keeping it simple. Scour your local second hand shop for old canning jars. Fancy it up with a bit of ribbon or a gift tag.
I am not actually a fan of dollar store tins for a lot of gift giving. I can never quite figure out what to do with them when I am finished the gift inside. With a jar, I can either reuse it myself or toss it in the recycling bin. No more dubious stacks of tins of questionable value.
This year, you can have the kids who don’t hand out gift cards.
Spicy Maple Mixed Nuts – DIY Gift Giving
- 2 cups Whole Natural Almonds
- 1 cup Unsalted Raw Pecan Halves
- 1 cup Unsalted Raw Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup bacon flavoured maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 F
Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper
Stir all ingredients together to thorough coat the nuts
Lay out in a single layer on the cookie sheet
Bake 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through
Allow to cool thoroughly
Transfer to air tight containers
Stores approximately 3 weeks in a cool, dark place - do not refrigerate