Honey Peanut Brittle is a chewy treat that is both entertaining and fun to make. This nostalgic candy is perfectly timed for the season. Stock up on wax paper and tins when you shop for ingredients because this brittle makes a great gift.
And speaking of ingredients, this honey peanut brittle is made with our very own eastern shore honey. We used clover for this recipe. Have you heard about coconut sugar? It’s a natural sugar gaining in popularity made from sap extracted from the coconut tree, it’s less processed than regular white table sugar and tastes similar to light brown sugar.
The original Salty and sweet confection– is still in fashion
Also interesting in the ingredient department, rather than using condensed or whole milk in this recipe, try this coconut cream, or you can make cashew cream easily enough. Dairy alternatives are delicious, provide you with energy and don’t upset the digestive system.
Do you know that honey peanut brittle was an accident? According to candy lore, a woman in the deep south was making salt-water taffy one day and mixed up the ingredients substituting baking soda for cream of tartar. In other lore across the pond, it is believed that peanut brittle is a Celtic dessert.
Adapting this Honey Peanut Brittle Recipe
Feeling adventurous? Recipes are meant to inspire. Don’t feel like you have to make this Honey Peanut Brittle Recipe exactly the way our recipe shows. Get creative. Experiment. Try something different. Here are some ideas in case you need a little boost with adapting this recipe:
- Make this recipe with different nut and seed combinations. Pumpkin seeds and almonds will be delicious?
- Sprinkle some bacon into the mixture in the step before you add the baking soda!
- Add 1/2 tsp. of Sriracha sauce or chopped jalapeno to heat it up a bit, in the step before you add the baking soda
- Try adding 1/4 c chocolate chips
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Honey Peanut Brittle
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
Mix Sugar, Honey, Salt, water in a heavy-duty medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low; continue to stir until the mixture is to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place, and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water turns to brittle.
Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter, coconut cream and baking soda; pour immediately after onto cookie greased cookie sheet.
With 2 forks, spread the peanut mixture to fill the rectangle of the cookie sheet, it’s not going to be perfect, it takes some practice.
Allow peanut brittle to cool for about an hour or until hard.
Break with a mallet into desired amount of irregular pieces.
Wrap in wax paper or serve.