Rich Pistachio Brittle

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling


about 1-1/2 pounds

Updated: Feb. 15, 2022
Here's a fun twist on traditional brittle. Pistachios not only add wonderful taste to the rich, buttery candy, but delicious texture. —Valonda Seward, Coarsegold, California
Rich Pistachio Brittle Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups pistachios, toasted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Butter a 15x10x1-in. pan, set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Carefully add butter and pistachios; cook and stir until mixture reaches 284° (soft-crack stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla. Immediately pour into prepared pan. Spread to 1/4-in. thickness. Cool before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 ounce: 161 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.