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Where to buy Marron Glaces/Candied Chestnuts?

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Moo Dec 20, 2006 07:26 PM

These are my fav xmas treats and I can't seem to find them.

If any of you have seen these somewhere please let me know. I may just have to mail order them, but I'm not sure that I would get them in time.

Thanks Chowhounds!

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    pemma Dec 20, 2006 07:28 PM

    A couple of years ago I think I found them at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge.

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      emilief Dec 21, 2006 07:18 PM

      I have bought them at Wasik's Cheese Shop in Wellesley

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        TripleBoston Dec 21, 2006 07:51 PM

        wow - candied chestnuts - i've never tried those before. think i need to pick some up ... I'll be at Formaggio this weekend.... but I wouldn't be surprised to find them at Dairy Fresh Candies in the N. End either.

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          mpd Dec 22, 2006 02:21 PM

          I saw them at Trader Joe's.

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            Bostonbob3 Dec 22, 2006 02:27 PM

            You can definitely get fresh chestnuts at Dairy Fresh, and it's REAL easy to turn them into Marron Glaces:

            Ingredients:
            2 lbs chestnuts, shells removed
            2 lbs granulated sugar
            2 1/2 cups water
            1 vanilla bean

            Directions:
            In a large saucepan, cover chestnuts with water. Bring to a boil. Boil 8 minutes. Discard liquid. Drain. Using a kitchen towel, rub off brown inner skins. In a large saucepan, cook sugar, water and vanilla bean over low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Add chestnuts. Increase heat. Boil 10 minutes. Remove vanilla bean. Pour syrup and nuts into a large bowl. Let stand 12 hours. Return to pan. Boil 1 minute. Return to bowl. Let stand 24 hours. Repeat process 3 times until syrup has been absorbed.

            Preheat oven to 150* F. Cover a wire rack with parchment paper. Place chestnuts on wire rack. Bake in preheated oven with oven door open 2 hours or until firm. Remove from oven. Cool.

            Store in a container lined with waxed paper. Will keep up to 2 weeks.

            Makes 2 pounds.

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              Scruffy The Cat Dec 23, 2006 12:48 AM

              Sevan Bakery in Watertown has 'em

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                lmarkarian11 Dec 25, 2006 04:37 AM

                You can buy them at Teuscher's on Newbury St, but only through next week. They are only available around Christmas. 6 for $24.

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                  Moo Dec 26, 2006 03:31 PM

                  Ouch! Good Lord, that's expensive! Thanks for the lead, though.

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                  Moo Dec 26, 2006 03:37 PM

                  Thank you all for your leads. I really appreciate the tips as well as the recipe for the candied chestnuts. Since Formaggio's and Trader joe's were already sold out of them I think that I will just try to make my own. I will also see of I can get into Watertown and give Sevan's a try.

                  Next year I will plan ahead!

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