Do you know how easy it is to make crunchy, sweet nuts? Really easy. I learned yesterday:
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
Put the above ingredients into a frying pan and turn the heat to a simmer (medium... medium-low?). When it heats up, it will look kindof foamy for a while, but then it settles down. Just let it bubble while stirring it until the sugar dries up. (Trust me, if you've every had candied nuts, you'll know what it looks like.)
Pour the nuts out onto a piece of parchment paper to cool, and make sure to get that pan into some hot water right away so the carmelized sugar doesn't turn to cement.
That's it. Really. (No excuses next time you make a salad.)