Peanut Brittle and My Merry Christmas Wishes

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I can’t believe we are just two days away from Christmas!  It seems like it was just Valentine’s Day.  I tell ya, this year has been a wild ride for me and for Southern Bite.  I’ve spent the past year watching a precious little baby grow into a sweet loving little kid.  This year he’s gone from barely talking to saying just about anything he wants.  It’s been such a blessing to have that amazing little guy in my life and I cherish every second with him.  My wife has gone back to school and that’s added its own challenges.  But it’s her dream and I’m so filled with pride for her.  She’s doing amazing.  And though it’s tough to balance work, school, being a mom, and being a wife, we both know it’s going to be worth it in the long run.

My trip with Southern Bite has been amazing too.  In 2010, SB went from 100 fans to nearly 1,000.  It has been a wild and exciting ride and I am so looking forward to the coming year.  I thank each and every one of your for being such an important part of Southern Bite.  I read every comment and see every “like.”  Everyday I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that all y’all come back.

From my family to yours, I wish you the Merriest of Christmases and a New Year filled with prosperity.  Now get off this computer and spend some time with your family!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups raw shelled peanuts
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, combine corn syrup, sugar, and water. 
  2. Cook until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage (235 degrees).  That’s when a soft ball is formed when a drop of the mixture is dropped into cool water (you can smoosh the ball of sugar easily once it is cooled).   
  3. Add peanuts and stir constantly. 
  4. Cook until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage (300 degrees). That’s when the mixture hardens immediately when dropped into cool water.  It might also be stringy.  The peanuts will start popping and you might see a little smoke come off the mixture.
  5. Remove from heat and quickly add the butter, vanilla, and baking soda.  The baking soda will cause the mixture to lighten and foam up.  Don’t freak out, it’s supposed to do that.  Stir well.
  6. Pour on aluminum foil that has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Spread thin and allow to cool.
  7. Break into pieces and enjoy.

Peanut Brittle
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups raw shelled peanuts
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, combine corn syrup, sugar, and water.
  2. Cook until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage (235 degrees). That’s when a soft ball is formed when a drop of the mixture is dropped into cool water (you can smoosh the ball of sugar easily once it is cooled).
  3. Add peanuts and stir constantly.
  4. Cook until the mixture reaches the hard crack stage (300 degrees). That’s when the mixture hardens immediately when dropped into cool water. It might also be stringy. The peanuts will start popping and you might see a little smoke come off the mixture.
  5. Remove from heat and quickly add the butter, vanilla, and baking soda. The baking soda will cause the mixture to lighten and foam up. Don’t freak out, it’s supposed to do that. Stir well.
  6. Pour on aluminum foil that has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spread thin and allow to cool.
  7. Break into pieces and enjoy.
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  1. mary barrow says:

    hey Stacey..I didn’t know about this..but I love it I’ll check it out often..take care andyour son is a doll I know he’s got his grandmother wraped around his finger..it runs in the family.

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