Among the world’s healthiest of foods is the cranberry — packed with phytonutrients that offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer health benefits. Cranberries are a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese, as well as a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, copper and pantothenic acid. I couldn’t find quite as much to say about the sugar that is also added in this recipe, but the effect is phyto-terrific. These guys literally POP in your mouth — bet ya can’t eat just one! — and I bet they will become a family holiday favorite.
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 bag fresh cranberries
¾ cup superfine sugar
– Combine granulated sugar and water in a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring mixture until sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat. (Do not boil or the cranberries may pop when added.) Stir in cranberries; pour mixture into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
– Drain cranberries in a colander over a bowl if you plan on reserving steeping liquid. (The steeping liquid will cling to the cranberries so the sugar adheres.)
– Place superfine sugar in a jelly-roll or rimmed pan and add the cranberries in small amounts, rolling to coat with the sugar.
– Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.
– Set out or store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to a week.
1/3 cup=1 serving=246 calories, 63.7 carbs