Here is another great candied nut that can be used for gifts.
1/2 c. dairy sour cream
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
4 c. pecans or walnuts
Combine sour cream, sugar and vanilla in a large pan. Cook to soft ball stage (234°), stirring frequently to prevent scorching. I cook it on medium low the whole time. Add nuts and stir to coat. Keep stirring until it becomes sugary and then spread out on a buttered cookie sheet. Separate with two forks. I always double the recipe and it works just fine. Warning: it is very addictive.