Make these ahead of time, cool, and store in an airtight container. Serve this spicy-sweet snack with beverages before dinner.
Preheat oven to 325°.
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add nuts to pan, and cook 22 minutes or until sugar mixture thickens and coats nuts, stirring occasionally. Immediately spread nut mixture in a single layer on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 20 minutes. Separate nuts with 2 forks. Cool completely.