Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

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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

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle - A deliciously sweet, crunchy candy loaded with salty peanuts that's sure to please. Great for Christmas gifts, holiday candy trays, or all year long sweet.

Prepare a large baking 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 combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt.

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, continue cooking stirring constantly until it reaches a candy thermometer reaches 310º-320º. (I bring mine to 320º.)

Remove from the heat, add the peanuts and baking soda. Stir to combine.

Quickly spread the peanut brittle to the thinness you prefer. My grandmother called this stretching.

Cool completely.

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle - A deliciously sweet, crunchy candy loaded with salty peanuts that's sure to please. Great for Christmas gifts, holiday candy trays, or all year long sweet.

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. Homemade candy make great gifts during the holidays.

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle - A deliciously sweet, crunchy candy loaded with salty peanuts that's sure to please. Great for Christmas gifts, holiday candy trays, or all year long sweet.

Be sure to enjoy some yourself before giving it all away.

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle Recipe

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle – A deliciously sweet, crunchy candy loaded with salty peanuts that’s sure to please. Great for Christmas gifts, holiday candy trays, or all year long sweet.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, old fashioned, peanut brittle
Servings: 12
Calories: 328kcal
Author: Don’t Sweat The Recipe

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan mix the sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, continue cooking stirring constantly until it reaches a candy thermometer reaches 310º-320º. (I bring mine to 320º.)
  • 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.

Notes

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.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 113mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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