"Oskar, what should we leave under the tree for Santa?" "PEANUT BRITTLE!"
We got our recipe from the Granite State Candy Shoppe. Here it is:
3 c sugar
1 c corn syrup
1/2 c water
4-1/2 c peanuts
4 T unsalted butter
2 tsp baking soda
Takes about 1-1/2 hours, 30 minutes active.
Coat a 12x17 inch low-sided pan with spray oil (or rub with butter).
In a heavy 5 qt saucepan with a tight fitting lid, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
Once the sugar has boiled, leave cover on another minute (creates steam to wash sides of pan).
Remove the lid and reduce heat to medium. Continue stirring until it reads 230F on candy thermometer (soon, maybe 1 minute). Add the peanuts and stir with wooden spoon until mixture reaches 300F. This will take a while, but keep a close eye on it -- the final five degrees happen fast!
Immediately remove from the heat and stir in butter and baking soda. It will foam up. Stir thoroughly.
Pour into center of prepared pan and spread out with wooden spoon. Allow to cool for 1 hour.
Turn brittle out of the pan and snap into pieces. Enjoy!
We cover the empty peanut cans with our own labels (this one says "I'd rather be eating peanut brittle"). Makes great gifts!