One of the best homemade candies you can make with only two ingredients: Sesame seeds and sugar.
Toast the raw sesame seeds in a non-stick pan until golden, for 6-8 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. When they are golden brown and spread a nice nutty smell, remove the pan from the heat. Immediately transfer them into a bowl, otherwise they might get burnt due to the heat of the pan.
Put the sugar in a large pan and let it melt over medium heat. Do NOT stir it, swirl the pan instead to avoid crystallization. When some parts of the sugar melts and some parts of it remains as it is, use a heat-proof spatula with a long handle and fold the melted sugar on the unmelted sugar. This will help the melted sugar not to burn and unmelted sugar to melt. Swirl the pan again for a few times. Repeat the same step for any unmelted sugar.
When the sugar completely melts and turns into an amber color, remove it from the heat. Immediately add in the toasted sesame seeds and give it a good stir. Make sure they are combined well.
Transfer the caramelized sesame seeds onto a parchment paper and spread it with a spatula. It will be too hot, so be careful and don’t touch it.
Place another parchment sheet on the sticky sesame seeds and level the mixture with a rolling pin.
Slice with a sharp knife when it is still hot. You can cut it into squares, triangles or rectangles. And they don’t have to look perfect.
Let them cool completely and store in jars or airtight containers at room temperatures for several weeks.
Keywords: sesame candy, sesame seed candies