I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already next week! Time to start my holiday cooking – and I’m starting with peanut brittle. Why peanut brittle? Because my mom and I were out and about yesterday and she mentioned peanut brittle somewhere within our conversation. This got me dreaming of the sweet crunchy stuff all day and last night I couldn’t resist any longer. Fortunately, I had everything I needed and I got to work.
I have never made peanut brittle and was a little curious as to the use of baking soda in a candy. I quickly found out the reason! As soon as I added the soda, a most beautiful chemical reaction occurred and it went from ‘runny’ to thick and creamy. I know baking soda can cause wonderful chemical reactions with vinegar that can clean my home (my toilets are sparkly clean from this reaction!) but I had no idea it would work in candy as well. I wish my boys had been with me when this happened. They would have LOVED to see it!
2 c. white sugar
1 c. white corn syrup
1 T. butter
1/2 c. water
2 c. raw peanuts (I didn’t have raw peanuts so I used some unsalted dry roasted peanuts I had in the pantry)
2 tsp. baking soda
Mix sugar, syrup, & water in a saucepan. Bring to boil and boil 12 minutes. Add peanuts. Stir over high heat until syrup is light golden brown (this took about 7 minutes for my batch). Add 1 T. butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat and gently stir in baking soda. Immediately pour out mixture on a buttered cookie sheet. Cool and break into pieces. Enjoy!