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Jelly Bean Brittle

 Jelly Bean Brittle
"Here's a fun version of brittle that's perfect for Easter," suggests Kathy Kittell of Lenexa, Kansas. "The jelly beans add both color and flavor."
20 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups miniature jelly beans
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda


  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Cube remaining
  • butter and set aside. Line two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pans with
  • foil; brush with melted butter. Arrange jelly beans evenly in pans.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring
  • to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a candy
  • thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Stir in cubed butter
  • and salt. Cook and stir until mixture reaches 300° (hard-crack
  • stage). Stir in baking soda (mixture will foam). Quickly pour over
  • jelly beans. Spread with a buttered metal spatula. Cool; break into
  • pieces. Yield: 2-1/2 pounds.