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National Peanut Brittle Day (and How to Make It!)

Updated on September 20, 2018

January 26 is National Peanut Brittle Day

Did you know that there is a National Peanut Brittle Day? Yes, there is one and it is celebrated on January 26. To celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day, why not try making some of your own or get some at your favorite candy store?

Brittle was one of the first types of dessert or candy ever made. It is thought that the Irish enjoyed eating sugarcoated peanuts as a tasty treat. Later, they began to add syrup to the peanuts, thereby creating the first peanut brittle. Recipes for the sweet delicacy began to appear in US cookbooks during the 19th century.

It's not known why January 26 was chosen to be the day to commemorate peanut brittle. Personally speaking, it could be every day of the week, but that would be too much of a good thing...wouldn't it?

Image: By Janet Hudson [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Main Ingredient: Peanuts

Betty's Party Peanut Brittle - Betty Demonstrates How to Make Party Peanut Brittle

Follow Betty's video for the recipe of her delicious party peanut brittle. The printed recipe can be found below.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cooking oil spray


  1. Combine ½ a cup of light corn syrup with 1 cup of sugar and the pinch of salt in a heavy, medium pot. Stir the mixture constantly while cooking it over a medium heat and bring it to a boil.
  2. Boil for five minutes without stirring (310 degrees on a candy thermometer).
  3. Stir in 1 cup of dry roasted peanuts and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes (280 degrees on a candy thermometer). The mixture will become golden brown.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and add in 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, stirring the mixture well.
  5. Pour mixture immediately into a 15" x 10" jellyroll pan which has been sprayed with cooking oil spray.
  6. Spread the mixture with the back of a wooden spoon until you have achieved your desired thickness and the mixture is even.
  7. Let the brittle cool for 5 minutes or until it has hardened sufficiently. Break it into pieces using a large spoon. Place the finished brittle on a serving dish or store it in an airtight container.
Cast your vote for Betty's Recipe For Party Peanut Brittle

Are you going to try to make some peanut brittle?

© 2012 Richard

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    • Paul Ward profile image


      5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      We had some foul plastic substance named PB as kids - that put me off for life.

    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I loved peanut brittle when I was young, but for some reason I haven't had any in a long time!

    • Scraps2treasures profile image


      7 years ago

      I looooooooove peanut brittle - especially homemade. Happy Peanut Brittle Day! Blessed

    • SoyCandleLover profile image

      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I have a HUGE Love for this sweet treat. Happy almost-Peanut Brittle Day!

    • sharonbellis profile image

      Sharon Bellissimo 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Peanut brittle is one of my favourites. I didn't know there was a National Day for this yummy treat.

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      Winter52 LM 

      7 years ago

      Oh, it's way up there on my list!! Love the stuff as long as you let it melt in your mouth. Unfortunately, I have broken a tooth in the past... but still love it. ;)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Happy Peanut Brittle Day!

    • Paul Ward profile image


      8 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Not sure about peanut brittle - peanut butter day perhaps :)

    • TapIn2U profile image


      8 years ago

      I never knew there's a National Peanut Brittle Day. But good to know. Sundae ;-)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      There's a day to celebrate peanut brittle? Mmmm... this may be dangerous for me.

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      asadmubeen lm 

      8 years ago

      I love peanut brittle. No wonder why there's peanut brittle.national day too.

    • MariaMontgomery profile image


      8 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Oh, how I love peanut brittle... Thanks for the recipes.

    • MaryQuinlin profile image


      8 years ago

      I love peanut brittle, but had actually sort of forgotten about it. I had always cheated with a microwave recipe, but looking forward to trying these recipes. Now, I can't stop thinking about peanut brittle. :)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      My mom makes peanut brittle every year for Christmas and my birthday. I'll have to let her know that there is yet another reason to get her to break out her recipe. Fortuitous lens!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      I LOVE all types of brittle.. and peanut is a FAVE!!! :)

    • APackageAtTheDoor profile image


      8 years ago

      A co-worker of mine who is retiring loves peanut brittle, so I have been thinking of making him some. Now I will for sure!

    • LadyCharlie profile image


      8 years ago

      I used to make peanut brittle all the time as Christmas it. Thanks for sharing all of these great recipes for it. Blessed

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      8 years ago

      I love peanut family always gets it at around Christmas and Thanksgiving. I've never had it homemade, though. I'll have to try that!

    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Gee 

      8 years ago

      Someone usually gives me peanut brittle for Christmas. This year, thankfully, they sent "cheese straws". Peanut Brittle does not like my teeth.

    • askdaguru lm profile image

      askdaguru lm 

      8 years ago

      Yummy! The videos left my mouth watering. Thanks!

    • lilymom24 profile image


      8 years ago

      Peanut brittle day seems like a very yummy and fun celebration.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      There are so many different national days in January. I had no idea peanut brittle was one of them. Oh well, I love the stuff.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      Making peanut brittle has been a holiday tradition around our house for many years.

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      lasertek lm 

      8 years ago

      I like eating peanut brittle.

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice lens

    • KevCooper profile image


      8 years ago

      It's one of my favourite treats.

    • yayas profile image


      8 years ago

      I Love Peanut Brittle. It's always better when it's homemade, if you ask me. Peanut Brittle Day sounds like a perfect reason to celebrate... well, Anything!

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      8 years ago

      it's one of my favorite candies

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      Well I love peanut brittle but it's been awhile though since I've eaten any. Who would have thought that they had a Peanut Brittle Day all to itself....that's just crazy :)

    • DLeighAlexander profile image


      8 years ago

      Making peanut brittle is a family tradition and a childhood memory. My grandparents grew peanuts on their farm and we would shell the homegrown peanuts, then grandma would make the peanut brittle. As a child, to me the most fun part was adding the soda at the end and watching it get all foamy. And it also tasted wonderful :) Great memories.

    • JanezKranjski profile image


      8 years ago

      I always enjoy learning new less know facts like this. Great work with the lens, BTW.

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      8 years ago

      Haven't heard of this national holiday, but do love peanut brittle. Good job ob the lens. Congrats on being on the front page.

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      8 years ago

      One word - yum! Great lens!

    • queenofduvetcover profile image


      8 years ago

      Love Peanut Brittle, nice lens =)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      I can eat a lot in one day!

    • jlshernandez profile image


      8 years ago

      When I was a kid I used to crave for peanut brittle all the time. It is very addicting.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      8 years ago

      Didn't know Peanut Brittle had special day but it sure deserves it, I love it :)

    • annieangel1 profile image


      8 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      ah well - there goes the diet! great lens Richard

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      8 years ago

      Absolutely love it! However, I'm on a health kick so maybe it will be one of my treats when I do well in my weight loss :) Oh and blessed!

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      man this looks soo yummy...not sure if I should give it a try....

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      8 years ago

      don't eat enough of it, I'll sure do on peanut brittle day though!

    • Frischy profile image


      8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I don't know if I have ever had homemade peanut brittle. It sounds so good. I might have to make some for January 26.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I had no idea there was a National Peanut Brittle Day! Thanks for letting me know, and I guess I have to make another batch for January 26. Blessed.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      8 years ago

      Never had it but it looks enticing! And what better time to try it than on its national day? :) Tasty lens!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      oh my gawd, this looks good...thank you because now I'm craving sweets (and I never crave sweets) and..what.."peanut brittle day"...ha!

    • justholidays profile image


      8 years ago

      Gosh! I wanted to take part to the duel but there's no option suitable for me. Peanut brittle looks like nougat... Well, I'd like to give it a try since I'm fond of nougat, sugared peanuts and almonds, etc. but I'm on a strict diet. If I eat peanut brittle, I die :(

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love any type of candy with nuts in it, and I particularly like peanuts and peanut brittle! Used to make it all the time, but now I get it from favorite confectioner stores. I'm guessing I need to have some on hand by January 26th. Wouldn't want to miss out on National Peanut Brittle Day! :)


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