Candy-making takes time, uses a candy thermometer and can’t be made on certain rainy and humid days lest it fails. This candy takes so little time and is made in the microwave-no lie. All you need is a medium to large microwave-safe glass bowl, a few ingredients and a nonstick baking dish for cooling. The rest will be history for this easy to make and fun to give peanut brittle.
Speaking of history, the story behind peanut brittle making is that a lady accidentally threw in baking soda instead of cream of tartar when making taffy. It happened before the turn of the century, and that accident led to many happy people receiving peanut brittle for Christmas. Sweet & Salty is what makes a lot of us happy, and this is no exception.
The difference between peanut brittle and microwave peanut brittle is that microwave made makes for a light and airiness, plenty of little pockets for the sugary nuts to hide inside. I haven’t gone back to making it the old fashioned way since I found this recipe.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 3/4 cup salted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a 4 cup glass microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high 4 minutes, depending on strength of microwave (can be up to 6 min).
- Add peanuts and stir; cook 4 additional minutes (or 5 min).
- Add butter and vanilla, stir; cook an additional 1 minute.
- Quickly stir in baking soda (it will bubble up) and pour out onto prepared baking sheet, spreading with a knife or spatula. Cool completely.
- Break into pieces.