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Dec 20, 2006 07:26 PM

Where to buy Marron Glaces/Candied Chestnuts?

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

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

      1. 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.

        1. I saw them at Trader Joe's.

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

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

            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.