This is a treat enjoyed by children and adults alike. In Uruguay and Argentina these crunchy peanuts are prepared and sold in the streets to passes-by with a sweet tooth. It is mainly consumed in cold weather or at the cinema, while enjoying a good film.
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 cup peanuts
1 cup (250ml) water
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Place all the ingredients in a saucepan.
Cook over a high heat until water begins to evaporate.
Lower the heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until water evaporates completely and peanuts are coated in a layer of slightly brown caramel.
Remove from heat and allow to cool a little.
Approximate time of preparation:10-12 minutes.