A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, this Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle is a delicious (and rather addicting) treat! It’s also surprisingly easy to make!
Growing up, this Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle was a staple in our house during the holidays. My mother counts peanut brittle as her 2nd favorite dessert of all time, and she would always keep a can of brittle on the countertop during the holiday season. Truthfully, this old fashioned peanut brittle would make a great treat anytime during the year, but I always associate it with the holidays.
For the record, my mom and I both have the same favorite dessert – English toffee. Peanut brittle is certainly a close relative – a cousin, perhaps? – of toffee, so it’s safe to say that this batch of brittle didn’t last long in our house! Next time, I should try adding chocolate to the top similar to that toffee. It would be like chocolate covered peanuts…just in brittle form!
Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle
This peanut brittle is a classic recipe, and honestly it’s quite easy to make. There are only a handful of ingredients, but you do need a candy thermometer. (This is the one I use. It clips to the side of a pot so you don’t have to keep fiddling with it – affiliate link.) The main thing to remember when making this Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle is to be careful! The candy mixture is incredibly hot, and it could cause some pretty serious burns if you don’t pay attention. But as long as you aren’t trying to text your friend, fold laundry and wrap Christmas gifts at the same time, then you’ll be good. Just cook up the brittle, let it cool and then eat all the peanut brittle you want while you do your other chores!
Peanut Brittle is a combination of salty and sweet, and it’s a delicious snack to serve party guests…or just eat all by yourself. (I speak from experience here.) Peanut brittle also makes for a great edible gift for friends and neighbors during the holidays. Just package this brittle up in cellophane bags or in a glass jar with a festive ribbon. *boom* Teacher or neighbor gifts done. That is unless you eat it all yourself first. “One for you, one for me. One for you, two for me….”
The one noticeable difference between peanut brittle and toffee is the addition of baking soda. Baking soda might seem like a strange ingredient, but it actually plays a key role. When you add the baking soda, the brittle mixture bubbles up. It’s actually those tiny air bubbles that give peanut brittle it’s lighter, airy texture. Don’t skip that final step!
If you’re looking for a tasty sweet + salty treat, then I highly recommend making a batch of this peanut brittle. It’ll disappear faster than you realize, and I promise you’ll be making another batch soon! Cheers!
Did you make a batch of this Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle at home? Leave a comment, or better yet snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups salted peanuts
- 4 Tbsp butter cut into small cubes
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Spray a large rimmed cookie sheet with nonstick baking spray; set pan aside.
- Using a large saucepan, add sugar, corn syrup, salt and water; stir until well combined. Set pan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has completely dissolved. (Note: Use a larger saucepan than you might think as the mixture expands when heated.)
- Once temperature reaches 280°F, add peanuts and butter.
- Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until temperature reaches 300°F.
- Remove from heat. Immediately stir in vanilla extract and baking soda. (Note: Use caution as baking soda will make mixture bubble up.)
- Immediately pour mixture onto prepared cookie sheet. Using a rubber spatula, spread mixture evenly across cookie sheet.
- Let mixture cool and then snap into pieces.
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