How To Make Peanut Brittle

If you were thinking about making homemade candy any time this fall, there's only one recipe I know of that's easy enough to not require a candy thermometer or any pouring into tricky molds. There are many methods for making peanut brittle, but this one is by far the simplest. Make a huge batch, give it as a gift, use other nuts and/or eat it all yourself. This formula yields 1 baking sheet's worth of peanut brittle. You decide how many servings that is.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup peanuts

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