Here’s an old-time family favorite, peanut brittle. It’s easy enough to do and you get the crispiest, crunchiest, richest tasting peanut brittle you’ve ever eaten. And no, you don’t break your teeth on it because it’s light and aerated. The trick is not to leave out the baking soda, because if you do, it’s impossible to chew. Baking soda foams, putting air into the candy, which is what gives it that crispy, light crunch. Believe me, if anyone knows this from experience, I do! The first time I attempted to make peanut brittle years ago, I couldn’t figure out why it had baking soda, so I left it out! Need I say, that since we were unable to break it with a sledge hammer, we certainly couldn’t chew it. My family has never let me forget that one!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50-60 minutes
- 1& 1/2 cups peanuts, salted and roasted
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1& 1/2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Fit a piece of parchment paper to a baking sheet, and butter it well.
- Combine peanuts and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the inside of a heavy saucepan with the teaspoon of vegetable oil.
- Add sugar and water to the saucepan and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a full boil.
- Immediately stop stirring, cover saucepan and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove cover, reduce heat to medium and cook until sugar mixture is a light amber color.
- Stir in peanuts and cinnamon and baking soda. Mixture will foam.
- Now, you will need to work quickly to mix well, and pour onto the prepared parchment lined baking sheet. Spread as thin as possible with a spatula, as the candy will cool rapidly.
- Allow to cool completely and then break into serving size pieces.
Other Candy Making Tips
If you’re planning on making homemade candy as a gift for several people you might want to consider buying your ingredients in bulk quantities. This advice applies especially to sugar, since it’s common ingredient to all the candies and is most likely the most expensive ingredient in the long run.
Want Other Candy Recipes and More Information?
If you enjoy making candy, here is a book suggestion for recipes of varied kinds of candy, plus tips and tricks. I have used recipes handed down through my family on this page. But why not start your own tradition? Who knows, maybe one of these candies will encourage you to make up your very own recipe! Oh and if you publish a book about it, let me know and I’ll include it here!
Use the best roasted salted peanuts you can get. Quality makes the difference in having a good candy product. If you plan on making peanut brittle for a gift, you certainly want the very best flavor you can produce. Since the star ingredient is peanuts, make sure you get the best you can. Here’s a product I’ve used and found to be perfect for candy making: