Put the sugar in a pot. Add water until the texture of wet sand is reached.
Turn on high heat and let melt and brown a little (until a caramel color).
Stir in chopped hazelnuts and spread the mixture onto a Silpat immediately.
Cover with another Silpat and let dry.
When cooled, break into pieces to use for garnish.
Designed for nonstick cooking, a Silpat mat is a silicone rubber mat that is great for working with sticky materials such as gooey batter, taffy, caramel, dough, etc. Parchment paper can be used as a substitute.
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