My grandmother’s old-fashioned peanut brittle is the best I have ever eaten. I’ve tried the microwave kind and to me, it just doesn’t have the same buttery classic taste. A deliciously sweet, crunchy candy loaded with salty peanuts that’s sure to please.
Oddly enough this recipe does not have any butter in it at all. But it tastes traditionally buttery sweet.
Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle
Prepare a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Or as my grandmother would do, generously butter a clean section of countertop. You can also butter the sheet pan.
In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan mix the sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, boil until it reaches 310º-320º. (I bring mine to 320º.)
Remove from the heat, stir in the peanuts and baking soda.
Quickly spread the peanut brittle to the thinness you prefer. My grandmother called this stretching. Cool completely.
Break the peanut brittle into pieces. You can use a butter knife or I use parchment to hold the candy and break with my hands.
Share as gifts in cute tins or boxes.
Enjoy some yourself before giving it all away.
Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle Recipe
- 2 cups peanuts*
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup corn syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- In a large saucepan mix the sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt.
- Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat.
- Boil until it reaches 310 degrees - 320 degrees.
- Remove from the heat, stir in the peanuts and baking soda.
- Pour onto the parchment paper and quickly spread to desired thinness.
- Cool completely, break into pieces.
My grandmother always used raw shelled peanuts and would stir them in when the mixture came to a boil. I now use cocktail peanuts and stir them in at the end. They give it a little saltiness.
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.7g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 107mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2.1g 7%
Total Sugars 39.4g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 172mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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