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.
Take a trip to the south of France with is uniquely flavored brittle and the novel Chocolate by Joanne Harris. Vianne, a chocolatier, lends her magic to creating lush chocolates and in the process wins over an entire town.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Anyone who likes peanuts will love this sweet treat that's packed full of them. After breaking the pan of cooled candy into pieces, I finish with a simple but festive drizzle of melted chocolate.—Connie Pietila, Houghton, Michigan
My kids have food allergies, including tree nuts and peanuts. But they can eat pumpkin seeds so every fall we save the seeds from our pumpkins to add to various recipes including this one.—Suzanne Earl, Vernal, Utah
I like sending homemade goodies to family and friends. When I couldn’t decide between brittle and spiced nuts, I combined the two into one treat. One batch fills up about six gift tins.—Leslie Dixon, Boise, Idaho
I love anything that has sesame seeds. This hard candy is a cinch to make with the inexpensive, pre-toasted seeds sold at Asian grocery stores. Plus, you'll need only four other ingredients.—Lillian K. Julow, Gainesville, Florida