Here's what worked with our 850 watt microwave: 7.5 minutes on high for 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup; add 1.5 cups roasted salted peanuts, 1 tsp butter, 1 tsp vanilla and microwave 1.5 minutes. Add the 1 tsp baking soda, stir it in, then as fast as you can pour it out (with the help of a buttered spatula) onto a tin-foil lined pan. We did a second batch in which we then tossed a bunch of chocolate chips on top, put the tray in the oven to warm up the chocolate for a few seconds, and then spread out the melted chips into a layer of chocolate on top. Both batches are great. This is an easy, not expensive way to make a gift. We didn't have any candy making experience and would definitely try again after this success. Also, if the mixture is stuck to your bowl, just let it soak and the sugar will dissolve or break right off later. Buttering the bowl and utensils before making the recipe did help with removal.
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Here's what worked with our 850 watt microwave: 7.5 minutes on high for 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup...