A touch of hot pepper sauce gives a unique zip to this crunchy confection from Janie Sanders of Vicksburg, Mississippi. "We call it blistering brittle," she says. The mixture reaches hard-crack stage in the microwave, so you don't even need a candy thermometer for this brittle.
Crunchy Peacan Brittle is a great snack when the weather gets cold, and this candy melds sweet with salty perfectly. It is simple and enjoyable to make, but even better to eat!
—Andrea Quiroz, Chicago, Illinois
"I started making brittle in the mid 1970s and have been using this recipe for about 25 years. During the winter of 2005, I made over 170 pounds of this brittle to give to my customers."
Jim Merchant, Vinton, Iowa
It was my dad who inspired me to first try making this candy. He remembered it from when he was a boy. The ultimate compliment was when he told me my version tasted even better!
My husband's a driver with a parcel service. As you can probably guess, he works long hours around the holidays—that gives me time for making treats! We have a 2-year-old (he likes to jump up on a chair and help in the kitchen) and a second child due in March.
Roasted almonds and almond butter take center stage in this delectable candy, but the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice really come through. Every batch I make disappears in a flash. —Laura McDowell, Lake Villa, Illinois
I made this sweet and crunchy candy for Christmas and sent some with my husband to work. His co-workers liked it so much they asked for more. It has a lovely glossy appearance, is packed with peanuts and gets a different flavor from cinnamon.
-Grace Miller, Mansfield, Ohio
Here in Kern County, there are thousands of acres of almond orchards. I like to experiment with recipes-always trying to come up with something new. This candy is the result of altering, adding and a lot of taste testing (somebody had to do it!). I think it turned out rather well.
Meet the Cook: We delight in being hospitable - it's the true mark of a country home...even if it is in the city. This recipe's one I created myself. I enjoy various kinds of nuts and wanted a candy that has a different crunch in every bite.
My husband and I have a daughter, who's just turning 19 months old.
-Kelly-Ann Gibbons, Prince George, British Columbia