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Peanut Brittle

I asked my husband what one of his favorite Christmas time treats is and he surprised me when he said peanut brittle. I don't recall ever having peanut brittle and I never thought of it as being that awesome of a treat.
Christmas came and went and my intentions on making some peanut brittle for him never turned into action. So, New Years Eve, I decided it was my turn to try out candy making with my new candy thermometer and all.


I followed this recipe and tried to do everything with precision. It turned out good and he likes it so that's all that matters. :)

PEANUT BRITTLE

Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 cup peanuts (I used dry roasted)
2 tablespoons butter, softened (I used Smart Balance)
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions
Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place, and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.
Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda; pour at once onto cookie sheet. With 2 forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 14x12 inches; cool. Snap candy into pieces.

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