Extra-Nutty Peanut Brittle

Peanuts provide a simple addition to these homemade candies that’s ready in an hour - perfect dessert to treat a crowd.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 60

Ingredients

Butter for greasing
1/2
cup light corn syrup
1
cup sugar
1/2
cup cold water
1
container (1 lb) cocktail peanuts (3 cups)
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
tablespoon butter (do not use margarine)
  • 1 Generously grease large cookie sheet and wooden spoon with butter.
  • 2 In 2-quart nonstick saucepan, heat corn syrup, sugar and water to boiling, stirring frequently. Boil 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches 230°F to 234°F on candy thermometer and forms a long thread when spoon is lifted and held above pan. Stir in peanuts. Cook 10 to 15 minutes longer, stirring frequently, until peanuts turn golden brown and mixture reaches 300°F.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in small bowl, stir vanilla and baking soda until soda is dissolved. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in vanilla mixture and butter. Quickly spread on cookie sheet, smoothing top with back of buttered spoon to make a single layer of peanuts. Cool about 20 minutes; break into 1-inch pieces. Store in airtight container up to 3 weeks.

Expert Tips

Give as a holiday gift in cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Candy
Calories
70
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
50mg
50%;
Total Carbohydrate
7g
7%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.