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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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 editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.