My Spicy Peanut Brittle recipe starts with the sweet and ends with the heat. It’s a kicked-up version of traditional peanut brittle with no candy thermometer needed.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of corn syrup
- 1/4 cup of water
- 3 TBS butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 cup salted peanuts
- Add the sugar, corn syrup, water, butter, vanilla, and cayenne a large stovetop pan.
- Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon or a spatula just once to ensure that everything is incorporated.
- Cook the mixture at medium heat. If you see that some of the sugar is not dissolved, just push it down with a rubber spatula. But do not stir the mixture. If you must, you can just swirl the pan but it’s best to just let it make a golden brown caramel.
- Cook the caramel until it is a golden brown color and it coats the back of a spoon without dripping off.
- Add the baking soda and stir in the peanuts. You’ll need to do this step quickly as the baking soda will cause the mixture to really bubble up.
- Stir with a wooden spoon.
- Quickly pour onto the baking sheet and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Be very careful as hot caramel can cause burns if it touches your skin.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 35 minutes
- Category: Desserts, sweets, treats
- Method: Stove-top recipe
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: homemade candy, homemade peanut brittle, holiday candy