How To Make Peanut Brittle With Raw Peanuts

If you’ve never had the pleasure of the crunchy, salty-sweet goodness that is peanut brittle, it can be easily described as toffee with peanuts in it. That description doesn’t do it justice, as homemade peanut brittle is warm, slightly sticky, and has a roasted nuttiness that makes it unique. If you’re not familiar with toffee, peanut brittle is a crunchy, sweet sheet of caramelized sugar and butter, with a hint of baking soda to make it airy. That sheet is also packed with raw redskin peanuts, lending their nutty, buttery flavor.  The flavor of  jumbo Virginia peanuts goes perfectly with the thick, rich, sweetness of our golden brittle.  Old-fashioned Peanut Brittle is a sweet treat for holidays, get togethers with friends and family, or just because. 

Southern Peanut Brittle Recipe:

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups raw redskin peanuts or blanched peanuts may be used

2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons baking soda

In a heavy saucepan heat sugar, corn syrup, water and salt to a rolling boil.  Add raw peanuts. Reduce heat to medium and stir constantly, 10-12 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches hard crack stage (300°-310° F) or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a hard brittle strand.  Add butter, then baking soda.  Beat rapidly and pour on a buttered surface spreading to 1/4 inch thickness.  When cool break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container. 

Makes approximately 2 pounds.

Peanut Brittle is a delicious, old-fashioned, buttery treat that is the perfect edible gift during the holidays that it is sure to please.  If you find yourself out of time and need the perfect edible gift check out Hope & Harmony Farms.