Snack Time! Giant Corn Kernels (Maiz Cancha Gigante)

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This is how obsessions begin. I had one handful of crunchy, salty giant "quicos" corn nuts, and then I couldn't stop thinking about them. I found this bag of giant dried kernels at a local Mexican grocery and I can't wait to try making quicos at home. If you can't quite grasp the scale of these enormous kernels, check out the picture below.
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The kernels are completely dried through, like dried beans or other grains. To make them into a crunchy snack, all you have to do is sauté the kernels with a bit of oil in a covered pan. They puff and become airy, but unlike popcorn, they don't totally pop. You sprinkle the warm kernels generously with salt and seasonings, and let the snacking commence!

I haven't had a chance to try my hand at making these yet, but can hardly wait for the chance. Have you ever made quicos at home? Any pointers?

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(Image: Emma Christensen)

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