Peanut Brittle for the Holidays

It’s that time of year… time for delicious, hard candy treats!


I truly enjoy my job as a candy maker. All summer, I get to make, sell, and smell candy all day long! And the first candy that I normally make on a daily basis is peanut brittle.


It’s our top seller next to fudge at May’s Candy Shop, and I pride myself on making ours the thinnest possible brittle that you can find. It also helps to have large metal tables to which to spread it out, but sometimes the table still isn’t enough!


Anyway, I’ve always seen peanut brittle as that candy for any special home entertaining… a casual night with friends over for movie night, game night, and of course, every winter holiday that requires warm and cozy environments.


In my quest to make candy at home, I put together my own peanut brittle recipe to make on my stovetop. Although the recipe is different from how I make it at work, the outcome was just as delicious. I spread the peanut brittle out as far as I could, then I had my sister try this first batch out, and she felt that it came out great! So I thought I’d share some pictures below, along with the recipe below if you’d like to make some for you and your friends and family at home. Crunchy and full of flavor, this peanut brittle will be a delicious snack for your next holiday get together!



Is there a special event or time of year that you like to make peanut brittle? If so, share your experience down in the comments below!

~ Heather

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Peanut Brittle
  1. Generously oil two baking sheets, and set aside. In a large pot, mix together sugar, corn syrup and water until well blended. Place over high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Add peanuts and begin mixing.
  2. Bring mixture back to a boil. Add first half of butter, and mix until melted. Add second half of butter. Continue mixing until all is well blended.
  3. Keep mixing and stirring until the mixture begins to thicken. When the peanuts change to a light brown color, take the pot off of the heat. Add nutmeg and baking soda, and fold in until blended into the mixture, and once blended stop mixing right away.
  4. Pour half of the peanut brittle onto one baking sheet, and the other half onto the other sheet. Spread the peanut brittle to the edges of each baking sheet, then let cool completely before eating. Enjoy!
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