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Peanut Brittle Recipe

Peanut Brittle Recipe

I am the oldest child of six.  That, plus my husband’s family, equals many Christmas gifts.  This year, we decided to make everything.  Homemade gifts tend to be cheaper (though more time consuming), and are often better received than a token impersonal gift.  Simple putting time and effort into making a gift automatically makes it more special, at least in my eyes.  Today’s experiment: Peanut Brittle.

You should know by now, if you’ve been reading my articles, that I am not into complicated and laborious recipes.  I’ve always thought of making candy as the hardest thing one could possibly do, an unattainable culinary pinnacle in my life.  I love to try new recipes, so it was inevitable that candy making would show up on my doorstep one day.  This winter, it came, and handed me candies that are neither complicated nor laborious.


  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 lb raw peanuts
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • You’ll need a candy thermometer for this one.


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