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Easy Peanut Brittle Recipe Without Candy Thermometer or Corn Syrup (Photos Included)

Updated on November 13, 2018

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Peanuts, Roasted
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla, Optional

How to Make the Easy Peanut Brittle Recipe Without Candy Thermometer

Spray on some cooking spray on a clean cutting board or a tray to set your peanut brittle on. If you forget the spray, you will be in a BIG mess trying to separate the peanut brittle because it simply will not come off. I know because I made and learned from this mistake. So please don’t forget to do this before moving on to the next step.

MUST HAVE item for making Peanut Brittle

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cooking Spray, 5-Ounce Can
Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cooking Spray, 5-Ounce Can

I love this cooking spray because it’s made out of 100% natural and unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil. It’s the best alternative to other cooking sprays that have artificial chemicals in them. It’s also a fair trade approved product from Sri-Lanka.

 

It's this easy!

  1. Heat the sugar on a clean saucepan until it melts and turns into a golden brown caramel. Continuously stir it to prevent the sugar from sticking to bottom of the pan. Make sure you have the heat on low and this process will only take about 3-5 minutes. Once the sugar turns into thick lumps [you will see on photos], it will turn into caramel very quickly within a few seconds. So you have to have the roasted peanuts ready to be added into the caramel mixture as soon as it's ready.
  2. Once the sugar has turned into caramel and starts to boil, immediately add in the roasted peanuts and stir well so all the peanuts will get coated properly in the caramel. At this point you can add in a quarter tea spoon of Vanilla essence if you like. Turn off heat after few seconds.
  3. Last but not least, carefully pour out the peanut brittle mixture on top of the cooking board or tray and evenly spread it out. Let it cool for about 1-2 hours and your own home made peanut brittle will be all ready to break apart and munch on! Be very careful when handling the hot peanut brittle mixture.

Photo Instructions

1 Cup Roasted Peanuts I got these from my family in India. These peanuts are so delicious.
1 Cup Roasted Peanuts I got these from my family in India. These peanuts are so delicious. | Source
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup White Sugar
Starting to caramelise sugar. Keep it on low heat and stir slowly.
Starting to caramelise sugar. Keep it on low heat and stir slowly.
The sugar will look something like this and quickly turn into liquid caramel.
The sugar will look something like this and quickly turn into liquid caramel.
Sugar once it has turned into Caramel. Turn off heat, add in the peanuts and mix it well into the caramel.
Sugar once it has turned into Caramel. Turn off heat, add in the peanuts and mix it well into the caramel.
Peanut brittle mixture evenly spread out on the cutting board and left to cool for 1-2 hours. Don't forget the cooking spray before.
Peanut brittle mixture evenly spread out on the cutting board and left to cool for 1-2 hours. Don't forget the cooking spray before.
And here it is! Looking all crunchy and delicious.
And here it is! Looking all crunchy and delicious.

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      Paula 

      3 years ago

      I didn't have any corn syrup with which to make my no-fail microwave recipe for pb brittle so I came across this one. I liked the simple directions and the pictures. I have to say it was well on nine minutes and having to turn the heat up a bit before there was any change in my sugar. Things moved along nicely from there and I have some cooling brittle right now. I did add an eighth of a teaspoon of salt because I only had unsalted peanuts. It doesn't appear as though I have as much candy as compared with the picture, I hope it makes enough for me to give as a small gift to a friend. If I was making for the holidays or a party I would double the recipe. The kitchen smells delicious! Thanks for the no corn syrup method!

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      mariewj 

      5 years ago

      This looks really delicious and it is something I could make with your easy walkthrough pics.

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      Good hub on how to make peanut brittle without corn syrup. The step-by-step instructions along with the pictures really help readers understand how to make peanut brittle.

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