Aloha Brittle Recipe
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Aloha Brittle Recipe

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A vacation to Hawaii inspired me to create this mouthwatering brittle. Coconuts, macadamia nuts and pecans make my tropical-tasting recipe deliciously different.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 jar (3 ounces) macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 ounce) equals 164 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 119 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Butter a large baking sheet with 1 teaspoon butter. Sprinkle coconut in a 12-in. circle on the prepared pan. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage), stirring constantly. Stir in the macadamia nuts, pecans and remaining butter; cook and stir until the mixture reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  2. Combine the baking soda, water and vanilla. Remove saucepan from the heat; stir in the baking soda mixture. Quickly pour over the coconut. Cool before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers. Yield: 1 pound.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Aloha Brittle in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p99

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Reviewed Nov. 6, 2013

"I double this recipe and it is still never enough. My brother requests it each year for his birthday! Probably the best brittle I have ever made or eaten, and everyone that eats it agrees! I add a cup of chopped pecans."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"This recipe is so very delicious, it's hard to not make it again. My family loves it and we will be keeping this recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"The very best brittle I have ever made ! If you want to make an extra special brittle that leaves your guests wanting more, give this recipe a try."

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