Grandma’s Christmas Brittle
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling
Makesabout 2-1/2 pounds
- 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 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.
Nutrition Facts1 ounce-weight: 292 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
Dec 7, 2015
Not too hard and not too soft. Great! Have been using for a couple of years and still love it. JC
Jan 20, 2015
Excellent. My husband loves it so much I have already had to make two more batches. Very creamy texture . I agree with tracybreland that it takes longer than 15 minutes and like her, I am a first timer at this. Definitely a keeper.
Oct 23, 2014
This is wonderful!!! I have never made peanut brittle before nor used a candy thermometer. The cooking time was a lot longer than 15 minutes but the results were amazing, everyone in my family loves it!
Jul 18, 2014
A relative of ours gave us a HUGE can of peanuts and I was desperate to figure out how to use them up. This was the perfect recipe. I never made peanut brittle before, but this was very easy and tasted so much fresher than store bought brittle. Will make again should I receive another HUGE can of peanuts. :)
Feb 20, 2013
Made this twice everyone like it.
Dec 9, 2012
This was my first time making peanut brittle - it turned out wonderful! Taste is excellent. I can't wait to give this brittle as gifts to family and friends.
Mar 11, 2012
Made this yesterday and it came out great! I did not have a candy thermometer so I googled how to make candy with out a thermometer and it came out perfect, family and friends were impressed.
Feb 11, 2012
The best Peanut Brittle I ever made. Do not add extra butter as I did by mistake the first time I made it. Read the recipe wrong. Candy ended up with a funny texture and didn't really harden. Recipe is great as is.
Dec 17, 2011
My first time making any candy. It was a long time to stir, but it turned out looking better than the picture and tasted so good.
Dec 17, 2011
It needs more of something. Maybe butter.
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