Peanut Brittle

Make old-fashioned peanut brittle just like the professionals. Who would ever think making candy at home could be such fun!

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 72

1 1/2
teaspoons baking soda
1
teaspoon water
1
teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2
cups sugar
1
cup water
1
cup light corn syrup
3
tablespoons butter or margarine
1
pound shelled unroasted peanuts

  • 1 Heat oven to 200ºF. Butter 2 cookie sheets, 15 1/2x12 inches, and keep warm in oven. Mix baking soda, 1 teaspoon water and the vanilla; reserve.
  • 2 Mix sugar, 1 cup water and the corn syrup in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, to 240ºF on candy thermometer or until small amount of syrup dropped into very cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water.
  • 3 Stir in butter and peanuts. Cook, stirring constantly, to 300ºF or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard, brittle threads. (Watch carefully so mixture does not burn.) Immediately remove from heat. Quickly stir in baking soda mixture until light and foamy.
  • 4 Pour half the candy mixture onto each cookie sheet; quickly spread about 1/4 inch thick. Cool completely, at least 1 hour. Break into pieces. Store in covered container.

Expert Tips

The trick to making thin, tender peanut brittle is keeping the cookie sheets warm. You'll be able to spread the candy to 1/4-inch thickness without it setting up.

Peanut Brittle candy makes a delicious gift. Pack candy in attractive jars, decorative tins or pretty candy dishes. Top with colorful plastic wrap and a perky bow.

Read packages carefully to make sure you’re using unroasted peanuts. Peanut brittle made with roasted nuts just doesn’t have that classic peanut brittle flavor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
35 ),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 g
4 %
(Saturated Fat
1 g,
1 %
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
35 mg
35 %;
Total Carbohydrate
9 g
9 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
2 g
2 %
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.