Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

peanut brittle


This peanut brittle is light and fluffy. It makes a great gift for the holidays.

Let’s Get Cooking!

You Will Need:

2 cups of Sugar

1 cup of Corn Syrup

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1-2 cups of Peanuts

1 tablespoon of Butter

1 heaping tablespoon of Baking Soda


Melt sugar and corn syrup in a cooking pot on medium to high heat until it starts to boil. Boil until sugar mixture reaches a hard ball stage (approx. 300F if using a candy thermometer and this process can take a few minutes). Or place a drop of the sugar mixture into a glass of water. If the sugar immediately turns into a hard ball and sets up then the mixture is ready (this is trick my Nana taught me and I never use a candy thermometer to make candy). If the mixture is ready, pour in peanuts, vanilla and butter into the mixture. Stir well and cook for a few more seconds. Then add the baking soda and mix. The candy will start to rise from air pockets created by the baking soda. Immediately pour peanut brittle onto a large well buttered cookie sheet or pizza pan. Let cool and break up into smaller pieces. Serve.

Tip: You must butter the cookie sheet well so the candy doesn’t stick and not release from the pan. Cooking sprays will make the brittle oily.

Tip: When the sugar is ready, it looks like a caramel color and wants to turn loose from the pan similar to one big ball.





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