Pistachio Brittle

Even at crunch time during the hectic holidays, this six-ingredient candy is simple to make.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 64

Ingredients

2
cups sugar
1
cup light corn syrup
1/2
cup water
1
cup butter
2
cups salted shelled pistachios
1
teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Heat oven to 200°F. Grease 2 cookie sheets. In heavy 5- to 6-quart saucepan, place sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring frequently. Stir in butter.
  • 2 Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes until candy thermometer reaches 240°F. Meanwhile, place cookie sheets in oven. (Warm cookie sheets allow the candy to spread easily before it sets up.)
  • 3 Stir pistachios into sugar mixture; continue cooking, stirring frequently, until candy thermometer reaches 300°F. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will be light and foamy).
  • 4 Remove cookie sheets from oven; pour candy onto cookie sheets. With buttered spatula, spread until candy is about 1/4-inch thick. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Break into pieces. Store in tightly covered container.

Expert Tips

You can use any kind of combination of salted nuts; cashews, pecans or almonds are crunchy and delicious in brittle.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Piece
Calories
90
(
Calories from Fat
40),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
4 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
45mg
45%;
Total Carbohydrate
11g
11%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
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; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.