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National Peanut Brittle Day

Updated on January 24, 2015

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

See's Candies Peanut Brittle

See's Candies 1 lb. 8 oz. Peanut Brittle
See's Candies 1 lb. 8 oz. Peanut Brittle

More than your usual amount of peanuts really lets you enjoy that peanut-ty taste. See's Peanut Brittle is not like any other. It's made from Mary See's old-fashioned recipe and one of the bestselling peanut brittles around - for good reason!

 

Are you going to try to make some peanut brittle?

Yes, I'm going to use one of the recipes featured here!

Yes, I'm going to use one of the recipes featured here!

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    • E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      A thousand pardons for missing the national day by a couple. The candies look absolutely wonderful. Maybe I can get my younger daughter to whip up a batch. Thanks for sharing a great lense.

    • mockingbird999 5 years ago

      I've never done it before, but I might give it a try.

    • Ben Reed 5 years ago

      Sure will give it a go.

    • MaryQuinlin 5 years ago

      I've made it, but it's been a long time. Now, you have me ready to try some new recipes! Great lens!

    • miaponzo 5 years ago

      I have made it before and I just LOVE it.. so why not try a new recipe!!! :)

    • baby-strollers 5 years ago

      Hek yes! Sounds like a lot of fun.

    • APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

      Absolutely! One of my co-workers is retiring and his party in on January 26th! I was thinking of making him some anyway, and now I will for sure!

    • Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Yes, I may try it. I love peanut brittle.

    • lilymom24 5 years ago

      Yes, I would love to try to make some

    • Ericastanciu 5 years ago

      It doesn't seem that hard to make

    • cyberwizzard 5 years ago

      I make it every couple of months and love it. I will give the Party Peanut Brittle recipe a try the next time I make it. Thanks!

    • KevCooper 5 years ago

      Definitely!

    • leeleon 5 years ago

      nice recipe

    • yayas 5 years ago

      I might jus' try one 'uh these peanut brittle recipes. They look sooo tasty. I don't often go in the kitchen for the purpose of cooking, but hey! It could happen... right?

    • JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      it looks so easy

    • Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I have made peanut brittle because it's one of my husband's favorites, but I don't make it anymore because I'd want to eat it too. If I were going to make any peanut brittle I would definitely try one of your recipes.

    • jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      Yes, I am!

    • pyngthyngs 5 years ago

      Sounds like a delicious plan.

    • Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      I might as well! love peanut brittle and would be fun to start the year with a new recipe :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I'd love to make this, would eat it while I was making it.

    No, I always buy mine from the store!

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      • Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

        Haven't had this in years ! Yummy stuff :)

      • Joan Haines 4 years ago

        I'm not, because then I'll eat it all!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I don't, my mother's church makes peanut brittle every Monday to sell for the Lady's Auxilary...it's VERY good. Nothing like peanut brittle made by a bunch of country grandmas!!

      • BW Duerr 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

        Well, I haven't yet. Peanut Brittle is one of my favorite treats and my kids know that. I am thinking about it now since you've provided a lot of great easy to follow recipes. :)

      • Sharon Bellissimo 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

        Probably not, Its more convenient just to buy it.

      • Mickie Goad 5 years ago

        No candy thermometer.

      • smsr0100451 5 years ago

        I like to eat. Not enough time to try this.

      • kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

        I don't think so, because I like it but my time is limited. I'll make fudge instead.

      • inkserotica 5 years ago

        I do love it but will probably not attempt to make it; I'm bound to make a complete mess of it, lol!

      • Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

        I used to make peanut brittle as part of my holiday candy/cookie treats, but now that the family is all grown, I'd buy it from a store. But, to be specific, I'd get it from a 'confectioners' type store so it tasted close to homemade. :) There just happens to be a terrific candy store on River Street in Savannah and I just 'happen' to be going there to visit next week! Peanut brittle, here I come!

      How Much Do You Love Peanut Brittle?

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          Paul 2 years ago from Liverpool, England

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

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          goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

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

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          Scraps2treasures 4 years ago

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

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          BW Duerr 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

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

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          Sharon Bellissimo 4 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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