Christina’s Chocolate Chili Spiced Nuts

Candied nuts in a small blue bowl

Our chocolate chili rub has been a longtime favorite for regulars, bringing a little sweet heat to a whole variety of dishes. It has cocoa, red pepper, garlic, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds for a sweet and salty kick with a rich chocolate flavor. The winter months are the perfect time to turn on the oven and enjoy a warming snack made with this rub, so we’re sharing some spiced nut recipes we think you’ll fall in love with immediately. Looking for something new for dinner, try this recipe for pulled chocolate chicken chili

Every holiday season, I make spiced nuts and then immediately decide I should be making them more than just once a year. Well, this year is the year, and our chocolate chili rub felt like the perfect excuse to come up with a brand new recipe. These offer just a bit of a kick, balanced with the early sweetness of maple syrup and chocolate. I used an equal mixture of almonds and cashews to make my batch, because it’s what I had at home. But these would be great with any blend of almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, peanuts, etc.

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4 cups mixed nuts

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

¼ cup maple syrup

1 Tbsp orange juice

1 tsp kosher salt

2 Tbsp + 1tsp GDC chocolate chili rub



Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until well combined. Pour onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a baking mat. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, stirring twice during the baking process. Let cool completely before removing from the pan. Store in an airtight container.


This candied nut recipe is part of a series. For another variation on candied nuts with our chocolate chili rub, see Jody's recipe.