Peanut Brittle – sans HFCS

Remind me to try this again when I invest in a candy thermometer…

Considering my milk pitcher temperature-reader-thing only goes up to 220-deg, this was a lot of guess work and turned out fairly well.  Candy is not the easiest thing to make, but you can’t taste an amber ale without peanut brittle (as we’ve come to find out).  The thing is, the stuff from the grocery store is really expensive and has gross ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated peanut oil.  This was the recipe I used, and, apart from being a little sticky it turned out pretty darn good.

Homemade Peanut Brittle


1 C. sugar

1/2 C. light corn syrup

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 C. water

1 C. peanuts

2 TB butter, softened

1 tsp. baking soda


Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.

Over medium heat, bring sugar, corn syrup, salt and water to a boil.  Stir until sugar is dissolved and add peanuts.  Stir frequently and continue to heat until candy thermometer reads 300 deg-F.

Remove from heat and immediately stir in butter and baking soda.  Then, immediately pour out onto greased baking sheet.

Pull the mixture with two forks into a rectangle and let cool completely.  Then snap into pieces, and call a dentist.

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Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and critic based in Chicago, IL. She is the dance writer and critic for the Chicago Tribune, a culture critic at Chicago Magazine, and has credits with See Chicago Dance, the Windy City Times, Dance Magazine and Pointe, among others. Since 2009, Lauren has blogged about dance in the American midwest at She is also a group fitness instructor and part-time faculty member at Loyola University Chicago

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