1. This candy was inspired by a favorite treat from Trader Joe's. They used to sell coconut-covered cashews that were so addicting I would swear they were actually cocaine-covered cashews. Unfortunately (or fortunately) my neighborhood store no longer carries them, so I came up with this copycat recipe.
2. The original candy was the cause of one of the more imprudent eating episodes of my adult life. I literally ate an entire bag while driving home from Trader Joe's one day. It may not sound like much, but a full bag of cashews, covered with coconut and sugar and who knows what else, gobbled down in fifteen minutes between driving maneuvers, made me very sick (and remorseful) afterwards.
Unwise as my coconut-cashew spree might have been, this was not my worst candy pig-out. (No, I think that honor belongs to the Great Candy Corn Binge during my eighth Halloween. Suffice it to say, I can no longer eat candy corn.) So now that I've shared my candy secrets, how about you? What candy melts your resolve? What's your candy confession?