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Dec 6, 2002 04:33 AM

Does anybody have Wet Nuts in LA?

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I know that I'll probably have to endure at least a few adolescent responses, but what can you do?

On the East coast a common topping for ice cream is called "wet nuts". It's basically walnuts in a honey like syrup. They're available at nearly every Baskin Robbins, Hagen daz, etc.. Also in every supermarket. I've been looking, but I can't find anything of the sort out here.

Any suggestions (other than to make them myself)?

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  1. Taking your inquiry somewhat seriously, I checked the Baskin Robins site. No help. Looking around, I found the following on the Blue Diamond site, I think.
    Green almonds - While it is important to get the crop down, dried quickly and picked up as soon as possible for maximum sanitation, one must avoid harvesting green almonds. For all practical purposes: Green almonds are “WET” almonds! And wet almonds cause some significant problems. First, they create problems during hulling and cause an overall decline in quality of the delivery; it’s difficult to separate large green portions of hull from meats. Second, green nuts lend themselves to the embedded shell problem; small chips of shell in the meats create serious problems for food manufacturers who add almonds to their food products. Third, wet nuts can provide a live habitat for certain diseases such as salmonella.
    When you couple this with the fact that botulism has been found from time to time in honey, well....

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    1. re: mc michael

      We're really just talking about an ice cream sauce that contains walnuts here, although I never saw it referred to as "wet nuts" before.

      If you search for that on Altavista, you'll be sorry.

      1. re: ironmom

        Well here's a link referencing this item.


        1. re: mc michael

          That's not exactly a family oriented site. Did you find any non-profane references?

    2. Jons Markets
      I have seen several types of Honeys with nuts in them

      Vermont & Hollywood
      Fountain & LaBrea
      Santa Monica East of Western

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        Thanks, but wet nuts aren't really just nuts in honey (there's another joke in there somewhere). It's more of a honey like syrup. In fact, there might not be any actual real honey in the syrup.

        1. re: Creamfinger

          I checked the local supermarkets (here on the East coast). It looks like Smuckers makes "walnuts in syrup" in its Toppings line. Maybe you can get somebody to order it for you.

          1. re: ironmom

            THAT'S IT!!!!! That's exactly what I'm looking for.

            I wonder why Smuckers doesn't sell them out here?

      2. Found a recipe for them.
        1 cup white corn syrup
        1 cup brown sugar
        3 tbsp of margarine (works better than butter)
        1/2 cup mil
        1 tsp vanilla extract
        Boil 5 minutes and take off stove. Add favorite nuts.

        1. I miss them too-especially on the sundaes at Seashell Ice Cream in Wildwood, NJ. I actually found a jar in the ice cream topping section about a year ago at Ralphs (it was in a teeny tiny jar), but I can't remember the name of the company and I never saw it again after that one time. If I crave it I make my own- very simple, but just not the same.

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          1. re: cbdoublejj

            Is Seashell Ice Cream still there? Why don't you call and ask them where they get the mixture? (I'll be in Cape May for Christmas, but I probably won't be able to get up to Wildwood to try these delights, unfortunately....)

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