Classic Peanut Brittle

Salted peanuts help to balance out the sweet caramel coating in this classic holiday candy recipe. Using a candy thermometer to make this recipe will guarantee the brittle, shattering texture the candy is named after.

Serves: 16Prep: 5 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 16


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1⁄4 cup butter, cut into a few pieces
  • 1 cup Simple Truth™ Sea Salt Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 tsp. baking soda


  • Generously butter a rimmed baking sheet or line with a silicon baking pad, set aside.
  • Combine sugar, corn syrup, water and salt in a 2-quart or larger heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat. Heat until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil.
  • Add butter and cook until candy thermometer reaches 295°F.
  • Add peanuts and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until temperature reaches 305°F. Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda (mixture will foam).
  • Pour mixture on prepared pan spreading to about 1/4" thickness. Allow to cool completely.
  • Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.