Easy as Peanuts!

I had grand plans for work Christmas gifts at work this year. You may recall the canning of cherries and chocolate that took place in the summer. After some thought, I’ve decided they’ll be more appropriate for little gifties to my team on Valentine’s Day.

So after a buzz of creative excitement about what I could make and give instead… soy candles, natural body butter, baked goods… I’ve landed on something so simple and easy it’s absolutely fantastic!

peanut brittle on trayHave you ever made peanut brittle? If not, get out to the bulk store, grab some peanuts and get microwaving! Yes, you heard me right! It’s so simple, you make it in the microwave!

peanut brittlepeanut brittle in celo bagsEasy Peanut Brittle

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Grease one cookie sheet so it’s pre-prepared for the hot sugary treat.

Combine sugar and corn syrup in Pyrex measuring cup. Use a good sized one (4-8 cup voume) to allow the mixture to bubble up without making a sticky mess.

With your microwave on high, heat first two ingredients for 4 minutes. Work quickly when the mixture is out of the microwave. Stir in peanuts and cook again for 3 1/2 minutes. Remove from microwave and mix in vanilla and butter. Then return for a further 1 1/2 minutes.

making peanut brittleStir in baking soda and watch the magic take place… it’s reminiscent of foaming science project volcanoes from your youth!! Stir until light and foamy. Spread thinly on prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely, before breaking into pieces.

Because many of my staff are students, I’ve attached a scratch lottery ticket to each bag of brittle. We’ll see if any of them win anything, but it’s both a sweet and whimsical gesture all the same!

 

 

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