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.
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.
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.
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!