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.
Here in the Ozarks, black walnuts are very plentiful and are often called "Black Gold." We usually start harvesting the nuts from the trees on our property in the beginning of October so I can use them to make this Christmas candy.—Anne Medlin, Bolivar, Missouri
This toffee has been a Christmas favorite in our family for over 30 years now. My interest in cooking also reaches back far—to the preparation of those big threshing-day and family dinners when I was growing up in Iowa.