Homemade peanut brittle

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 2 1/2/ cups roasted salted peanuts
  1. For best results get everything ready before you start!
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment papers, a silicone mat or waxed paper. 
  3. Get a large, heavy saucepan and put the sugar, corn syrup and water inside it. 
  4. Measure peanuts, butter, vanilla and baking soda so they are ready to add easier.
  5. Put candy thermometer on the side of the saucepan, making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom. You can also regularly check the temp, i use a meat thermometer. 
  6. Put the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, until temperature reaches 240 degrees F on the thermometer. Don’t be tempted to turn the heat up to make it go faster! 
  7. Add the peanuts and stir constantly until temperature reaches 280 degrees F. I add half a cupmore of peanuts because I love peanuts in ever
  8. Add butter and continue to stir constantly until temperature reaches 300 degrees F, this is the hard crack candy stage.
  9. Once the temperature reaches 300 F immediately take the saucepan off the heat. Add the vanilla extract and baking soda, stirring constantly. (If you add vanilla extract when the pot is still boiling you risk evaporating the vodka in the extract) The candy will foam up as the baking soda is added. 
  10. The candy syrup is extremely HOT. Be careful during the next step and use oven mitts in case it splashes as you pour. Pour the syrup onto the parchment lined baking sheet and spread as evenly as possible. Use a spatula or spread it by tilting the cookie sheet. The candy will cool fast, so work quickly.
  11. allow to cool completely which is 30 minutes to an 1 hour.
  12. Break into pieces, either large or small, depending on how your are packaging the peanut brittle. I use a metal cooking spoon.
  13. Sample a piece or two for quality control purposes and store in a air tight container.

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