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Grandma's Christmas Brittle

 Grandma's Christmas Brittle
Whenever my grandmother was in the kitchen, everything had to be "just so" to guarantee her time-tested results. Watching her make this brittle is one of my favorite memories, and I'm glad I can pass on this delicious recipe.
20 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) unsalted dry roasted peanuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • Grease two baking sheets and keep warm in a 200° oven. In a large
  • saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup water. Cook over
  • medium heat, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reaches
  • 240° (soft-ball stage). Stir in butter, salt and peanuts.
  • Continue heating, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches
  • 300°.
  • Meanwhile, combine the baking soda, 1 teaspoon water and vanilla.
  • Remove saucepan from the heat. Stir in baking soda mixture. Quickly
  • pour half the mixture over each baking sheet. Spread with a buttered
  • metal spatula to a 1/4-in. thickness. Cool. Break into pieces. Store
  • in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-1/2 pounds.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 ounce) equals 292 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.