Grandma's Peanut Brittle Recipe
The Original Peanut Brittle Recipe
Every Christmas I look forward to making and eating peanut brittle, because I have what I like to call: The Original Recipe.
What I mean is that the recipe that I use came from my grandma, which she got from her mom. It is old! Grandma used to make it every Christmas and send a big box to us. She and grandpa lived on a farm down South. It is the most delicious recipe for peanut brittle I have ever had—it just melts in your mouth.
Since grandma has been gone for 20+ years, I make it myself now, every Christmas. I give most of it away, since we really should not eat that much of it. But just a small taste and it brings me back to that time and place, the feeling of excitement when that festive box would arrive. The delicious flavor of it. A few pieces are all I need, each holiday, to relive a bit of my childhood.
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 1/2 cups Karo syrup (can use corn syrup)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 1/2 cups of raw, unsalted peanuts
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 rounded teaspoons baking soda
- Boil sugar, syrup, and water until it threads, then reduce heat.
- Add raw, unsalted peanuts and stir until mixed.
- Continue to stir until the mixture is a golden brown.
- Add butter, vanilla, and baking soda and stir quickly.
- As soon as it is mixed, pour mixture into a greased pan and let cool.
- Break into pieces.