How to make perfect peanut brittle in the MICROWAVE!! No more slaving over a hot stove watching a candy thermometer to make this amazing candy. This is super easy and quick and pretty much foolproof. I actually even prefer this to conventional brittle. Thanks go to my friend Stacey (dreamer72fem) for introducing this to me!
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
***My times are based on a 1000W microwave. If your microwave has less or more power, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Sorry, I don’t know exact times for other microwaves.***
Heavily butter a cookie sheet or line it with parchment or a silicone baking mat. In a GLASS bowl, combine corn syrup and sugar with a wooden spoon. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Carefully remove bowl and add in peanuts. Stir to combine. Microwave again for another 3 minutes. Again, carefully remove bowl (use a potholder or hot pad because the glass will be hot) and add in butter and vanilla. Stir until butter is melted and combined. Return to microwave and microwave another 90 seconds. At this point the sugar syrup should be a light tan color. Carefully stir in the baking soda (it should puff up) and then immediately pour out onto your cookie sheet. Spread thin and let cool. When cool, break into pieces and store in an airtight container. Makes about 1-1/2 lbs candy. Enjoy!!
If by chance your candy wasn’t cooked long enough and has a taffy like consistency when cool, you can put it back into a bowl and microwave a few more minutes. It’ll need to come back to a syrup and then cook another minute or two and it should be fine.
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