IT'S PERFECT! (Think Santa Claus 2) this is my first time trying peanut brittle. I have always thought it was way too difficult for me. I do have to say, it took me two batches to get it right. My first batch was too chewy. i thought i was going to need dental work, lol. However, I did not have a candy thermometer for the first batch. I highly recommend one. I did increase the amount of nuts to a cup and left all other ingredients the same. Being the first time, this is what I encountered while making this. First, I thought it took quite a long time to get to the hard ball stage (if you insist on trying this without a thermometer, another description of the hardball stage is I stirred the mixture with a fork and then held it above the pan, when a drop fell back down, it left a string like a strand of spider web). It taking longer than i anticipated could have been because I had read that you shouldn't cook too fast/hot, so I had my burner on a medium high. During cooking, I did turn up to high. Once you reach the hardball stage and put in the nuts, it doesn't take too much longer. It will foam up some when you put the nuts in. Make sure you do have everything ready for the next steps as you won't have time at this point. One thing that I noticed on my first batch, it didn't seem to brown at all. I'm sure this is all because I didn't get it hot enough. This is really a great recipe for brittle. I will definitely use this recipe again.
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IT'S PERFECT! (Think Santa Claus 2) this is my first time trying peanut brittle. I have always...