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Celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day

Updated on April 27, 2015

January 26th is National Peanut Brittle Day!

Did you know that January 26th is National Peanut Brittle Day? What could be better than a candy holiday? This hub will introduce you to this holiday for those of you who haven't yet heard of it, and give you some great recipes and ideas for it as well! For those of you who are familiar with this holiday, maybe you will find something interesting to incorporate in you own festivities!

Why Celebrate?

While it may be unclear how this national holiday got it's start, foodies love a good excuse to bake tasty treats and share them with friends and family! Think of it as a day where you get an excuse to eat some sweets! Can't go wrong with that kind of reasoning, can you? Now Peanut Brittle is one of those treats you either love it or hate it. I personally love a good chunk of Peanut Brittle! I remember my grandmother snacking on it growing up and that's how I found my love of this tasty goodie. Peanut Brittle is a hard candy and is made from peanuts and caramelized sugar that is then cooled into thin sheets of edible goodness!

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Recipe For Chocolate Peanut Brittle

Ingredients:

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Butter

1/4 Cup Cocoa

1/4 Cup Whipping or Heavy Cream

1 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup

1 1/4 Cups of Either Dry Roasted or Salted Peanuts

Directions:

1) Combine your baking soda and cocoa in a small bowl. Place your butter on top and set aside.

2) Next, lightly grease a cookie sheet. Set this aside as well.

3) In a heavy saucepan, heat your sugar, whipping cream, and corn syrup. Once this mixture has melted you can then add your peanuts.

4) Continue cooking and stirring your mixture frequently until it has reached 300 degrees on your candy thermometer.

5) Once temperature has been reached, remove mixture from heat and add in your small bowl of ingredients. Mix all together.

6) Before it cools too much you need to quickly pour this mixture onto your cookie sheet. Spread this mixture out to a 1/4 inch thickness.

7) Once your mixture has been spread out and completely cooled you can then break it into chunks and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

* This recipe makes 1 pound of Peanut Brittle

Photo Credit: CulturalRecipeNetwork.com

Peanut Facts

* According to history, peanut brittle was probably the first candy ever made!

* Peanut Brittle has been appearing in cookbooks as early as around the 19th century.

* Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon.

* The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.

* Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.

* Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.

* The peanut plant originated in South America

Peanut Brittle Demonstration

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I have always loved peanut brittle, but no-one else in the house will eat it :(

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Love the fcats you put in.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      What a yummy National Holiday and we do Love Peanut Brittle!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm a peanut brittle dude indeed! great lens, thanks for the write up!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      I did not know about this holiday. Thanks for sharing!