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How to Make Wet Walnuts

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Gather your Ingredients

Making wet walnuts is an easy and tasty way to add a hint of sweetness and crunchy texture to your favorite dishes. Before you start, you’ll need to gather the key ingredients: walnuts, brown sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup, salt, and vanilla extract. If desired, you can also use agave nectar instead of honey or corn syrup. Once you have all the ingredients, you can begin the process of making delicious wet walnuts.

Close up of wet walnuts

Prepare the Marinade

Now that our ingredients, it’s time to prepare the marinade. This mixture of maple syrup and other ingredients will give our wet walnuts a delicious, syrupy flavor. Start by combining the brown sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Stir the mixture continually until it reaches a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let simmer for 4 minutes. Once the marinade is ready, please remove it from the heat. Now we’re ready to marinate our walnuts!

Marinate the Walnuts

Once you’ve prepared the marinade, it’s time to marinate the walnuts. Place the walnuts in a shallow bowl, pour the marinade over the top, and stir to coat the walnuts evenly. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and let the walnuts marinate for at least an hour.

The longer you marinate your walnuts, the more flavor they’ll have.

Store the Walnuts

After you have marinated your walnuts, it’s time to store them for future use. The best way to store wet walnuts is in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month. This will keep them from spoiling, and the cold temperature will ensure that the marinade remains on the nuts for longer.

Before serving, bring the walnuts to room temperature to ensure their flavor is at its best.

Recipes to Enjoy with Wet Walnuts

Wet walnuts make the perfect topping for all kinds of desserts, from ice cream to cakes, pancakes, and ice cream. They’re also great when added to yogurt, oatmeal, granola and smoothies.

Wet walnuts add a delicious crunch to any recipe, and they’re also packed with nutrition. Not only do they contain essential vitamins and minerals, but they’re also a great source of healthy fats and protein. To get the most out of your wet walnuts, try these recipes that feature them as the main ingredient.

Use wet walnuts to top off an apple crisp or peach cobbler. They’re also great in various muffins, cakes, and ice cream.

Wet walnuts in a glass bowl.

Substitutions for Wet Walnuts

When substituting wet walnuts, there are a few options that can help you create a similar flavor and texture. You can use honey or agave nectar instead of maple syrup for a sweeter dish, and you can also use coconut sugar or brown sugar for a more caramel-like flavor. For a different flavor profile, you can also use other nuts, such as almonds, pecans, or cashews. Whatever you choose, adjust the sweetness and salt levels for the best flavor.

Tips for Making the Best Wet Walnuts

Making wet walnuts is a simple yet delicious way to enjoy a healthy snack. To make the best wet walnuts, there are a few important tips to keep in mind.

  • First, it’s important to ensure that the walnuts are dry before adding the marinade. This will help ensure that the walnuts absorb the marinade flavors and that they don’t become soggy.
  • Additionally, it’s important to not over-marinate the walnuts, as this can result in a bitter taste.
  • Finally, if using honey or agave syrup for the marinade, it’s important to ensure that the ingredients are heated before adding them to the walnuts. Doing so will help to ensure that the syrup coats the walnuts evenly.

By following these tips, you can enjoy the best wet walnuts every time!

What are the ingredients to make wet walnuts?

For a homemade, wet walnut treat, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 12 ounces walnut halves
Collage on how to cook wet walnut syrup.

How to Make Wet Walnuts:

  • Mix all the ingredients except the walnuts in a sauce pot to make a delicious treat and boil.
  • Once the mixture is ready, pour it over the walnuts, and let it cool. After that, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

These are great on ice cream, pancakes, and even in oatmeal.

Are homemade wet walnuts cheaper than store-bought wet walnuts?

Making wet walnuts at home is often cheaper than buying them from a store. Wet walnuts are easy to make from scratch, as they only require three simple ingredients: walnuts, water, and sugar. The cost of walnuts and sugar is generally cheaper when purchased in bulk, making it more economical to make them at home. Additionally, buying pre-made wet walnuts from a store may include extra added ingredients or preservatives that can add to the cost. Making wet walnuts at home also allows for flavors and sweetness levels to be customized.

While you can buy wet walnuts at the store, making them from scratch is so much cheaper. See how I recreated this classic in the video below.

Yield: 4 Servings

How to Make Wet Walnuts

How to Make Wet Walnuts

Craving something sweet? Look no further than these homemade wet walnuts!

Using just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of this delicious snack and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Read on to learn how to make them from the comfort of your own home.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of walnut halves


  1. Mix all the ingredients except for the walnuts in a sauce pot and bring them to a boil.
  2. Pour the mixture over the walnuts and allow to cool.
  3. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 month.


These are great on ice cream, pancakes, and even in oatmeal.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 693Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 120gFiber: 3gSugar: 110gProtein: 6g

These nutritional calculations might not be accurate. Please speak with a licensed nutritionist to assist you.

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