Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle Candy

Love peanut brittle candy? This reader-submitted peanut brittle recipe is sweet, crunchy, and perfect for gift-giving.

By Yankee Magazine

Feb 24 2017


Peanut Brittle Candy

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Peanut brittle candy is an old-fashioned favorite that’s easy to make with the right equipment. We recommend making this peanut brittle recipe on a cool day (humidity can hinder candy-making), and chew slowly — peanut brittle can be deadly on dental work, but we think it’s worth the risk.

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2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
2 cups peanuts
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for greasing
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons baking soda


Grease a large baking sheet with butter and set aside. In a large skillet over low heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook until mixture reaches 230 degrees on a candy thermometer. Stir in peanuts and continue cooking until the mixture reaches 300 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and baking soda. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading as thin as possible. Once cooled, break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.