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Chocolate Peanut Brittle


  • 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 15x10x1-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.

Nutrition 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.


Average Rating: 1
  • Mike
    Jan 4, 2018

    VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen I don't think so. The 4 minute cook time is not correct. The sugar and corn syrup BURNED and turned black and hard under 3 minutes. I cut my finger on the sharp edge of the burnt sugar, corn syrup breaking it out of the bowl.

    Really Taste Of Home? I thought you tested this.........

    This is a complete FAIL

  • FunQuilter
    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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