All Time Favorite Nut Brittle

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A sweet and salty confection — Nut Brittle is the quintessential candy for fall and Christmas munching. In fact, they very well may be the first All-American confection ever made.

There are many legends associated with brittles. One such story is that of a mistaken ingredient (baking soda instead of cream of tartar), another attributes the sweet confection to a Celtic origin and believes the Irish brought it to America, and yet still another says Tony Beaver, a Paul Bunyon type folk hero, actually used molasses and peanuts to control a flood, thus saving lives, and discovering a wonderful new dessert in the process. (See below for story source).

 

But no matter the legends and associations, what I know is that the confection has a long family tradition in my home. It’s something I usually make at the start of fall, it’s always on a candy tray at Halloween, the dessert buffet at Thanksgiving and the goodie table at Christmas. Typically, I make a couple of batches and freeze — and they freeze quite well!

Ingredients

1 cup water
2 cups sugar

Stir with wooden spoon to dissolve sugar water

1 cup light corn syrup

Cook to hard ball stage, 250 degrees with candy thermometer

Add 2 cups raw, unsalted nuts (I use a combination of peanuts, pecans and almonds)
1 teaspoon salt

Continue to cook until the candy thermometer registers 250 degrees.

Remove from heat and add:

1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Very quickly pour hot brittle onto a butter baking sheet span, spreading with wooden spoon as thinly as possible. When cool, break into small pieces. Brittle is best after setting up for 24 hours or more.

 

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.