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Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

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"Old-fashioned peanut brittle just like Grandma used to make--simple and good!!"

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Original recipe makes 1 1/4 pounds Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Spray two cookie sheets with non-stick spray coating.
  2. In a 4 quart saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Heat to boiling and add peanuts. Cook until peanuts become golden in color and syrup mixture beads off nuts when raised out of pan. Quickly mix in the salt and baking soda until well blended.
  3. Pour the mixture onto the prepared cookie sheets. Allow mixture to spread on it's own. Cool completely, and break into pieces. Store in air-tight container or plastic bag.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 15, 2009

The recipe is fine BUT some very important steps have been missed which is why some of you have had troubles. Temperature is VERY important and is why some have not had the brittle harden for them. You need to use a candy thermometer and bring the mixture up to 300 degrees. Then, REMOVE from heat and add 1 tbsp of butter and then the baking soda. The butter should help it not over react and bubble over but you do want the bubbles because this is what makes the brittle, well, brittle! ;O) Also, warm up the pan that you will put the brittle into, this will also help it to spread. Hope this helps everyone because this is a good recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 10, 2006

Once I added the baking soda and salt the mixture foamed up and almost out of the pan. Then after putting it in the pan it NEVER hardened! It was chewy and stuck together. I guess I must have done something wrong, but I'm not sure what that was since I followed the directions.

Dec 12, 2004

This is exactly what I was expecting with Peanut Brittle.. Although it is extremely chewy once it warms up in your mouth. Anyone know if there is any check I can do that would make it less chewy but keep the same taste? This was very easy to make too! Loved it.

Dec 22, 2006

I don't know what i did wrong but this recipe did not work for me twice. The directions are not clear as to how long it needs to cook. Does it need to boil the whole time? please be more specific. I'm not a novice but I felt like one. It is nothing but GOO.

Dec 23, 2003

This is great!! To anyone that is making this the first time...it really takes a long while to get the mix to the perfect boil! Take your time and they are no fail!! I added 1 teaspoon molasses only because that is what my gramdma always did! It is great!!!

Dec 21, 2004

The recipe failed to mention that the syrup and peanuts should be removed from heat before adding salt and baking soda. My brittle came out too airy and I think this would have helped. Also, the brittle did not spread - at all. Did I cook it too long? Sorry but I think I am going to try another recipe to see if it turns out better.

Nov 07, 2005

This is the best peanut brittle I've ever tasted!!! I had to make it a few times to perfect it, but once you get the rhythm down, it's amazing. If cooked too long, it will burn the second the baking soda gets poured in so be careful.

Dec 14, 2007

This recipe is wonderful. The candy was thin, cripsy and perfect. The only draw back was that it was only sweet. I always imagined brittle to be more on the salty sweet side. If your looking for that effect, I suggest you use salted peanuts or add more salt. Other than that, it really is a wonderful recipe. 4 stars for me


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  • Calories
  • 143 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.1 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 160 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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