It has been a family tradition to make Peanut Brittle each year around the holidays. This infamous candy is made with roasted peanuts and hardened in a caramelized sugar coating that makes this the most perfect holiday candy to give away as great gifts.
I’I’m going to try to not get too emotional writing this post but Peanut Brittle hits a little different with me than some of the recipes of my blog. It’s because of the emotional connection I have to this candy because of my grandmother. Every year, my grandmother would make a variety of candies and baked goods around the holidays. I’m talking fudge, brownies, fruit cakes (my least favorite), and the best Peanut Brittle. I also remember my grandfather eating large amounts of it and complaining about how brittle wasn’t good for your teeth. Nevertheless, I thought it was utter magic to see her take a cup of sugar and peanuts and turn it into candy!
My mother also started making Peanut Brittle for us growing up taking a lesson from her mother. It is pretty much the only traditional thing we’ve done as a family that is most looked forward to. Now, I am picking up the tradition and incorporating it into my family traditions with my kids. Although they are too young to eat this candy, it is the tradition I am hoping that sticks around most importantly.
What is Peanut Brittle?
Peanut Brittle is a hard caramelized candy made with sugar, corn syrup, water, and roasted peanuts that is boiled to reach a high temperature that will brown and harden into candy. Like my grandfather would say, “It is not good for your teeth, Nick.” He wasn’t lying. As a kid, I remember thinking how hard it was and would just nibble on the small pieces. I still do that to this day. Out of habit, I suppose.
To make this brittle you will need a heavy-duty saucepan and a candy thermometer. Please do not think you can make this recipe without one. There are certain steps you have to take when the To make this classic treat you will need a heavy saucepan and a candy thermometer. Please do not think you can make this recipe without one. There are certain steps you have to take when the mixture reaches certain temperatures and you won’t know what they are by simply eyeballing it. Unless you are a genius. Nevertheless, it is always to be on the safe side and by a candy thermometer anyway.
I would say this Classic Peanut Brittle recipe is what my grandma made every year. It’s classic and memorable. This isn’t a holiday candy I would make with the kids as it will get hot and if they get too excited and it touches their precious skin, it will burn them. I would just have them watch from a safe distance. Now that I’ve made this a few times, I see why I was never part of the brittle-making process. It’s not a baking recipe for the kids.
Add this candy to your holiday gift-giving this year. Simply make it and put it in holiday decor snack bags as they will make the perfect edible gifts!Print