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Chocolate Peanut Brittle Recipe

Our home economists prepare this brittle in the microwave. So it's easy enough for anyone to make!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:20 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan and a metal spatula; set aside.
  • 2. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes; stir. Cook 3 minutes longer. Stir in peanuts and butter. Microwave for 30-60 seconds or until mixture turns a light amber color (mixture will be very hot).
  • 3. Quickly stir in cocoa, baking soda and vanilla until combined. Immediately pour into prepared pan; spread with the metal spatula. Cool before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 1-1/4 pounds.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 139 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 132mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.

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FunQuilter User ID: 1505813 85367
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"I did the 4 minutes and it came out burnt and very dark brown. It immediately got hard and I'm still soaking the container. Obviously, the timing is incorrect! If I would have cooked it another 3 minutes as stated it would have been cement!"

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