Candy & Confectionery Recipes > Peanut Brittle

How to make peanut brittle:
A simple toffee with peanuts. A real old fashioned favourite. See Cooking with Sugar for information on the tricky process of boiling sugar.


1 3/4 cups (14oz) granulated sugar
6 tablespoons soft brown sugar
6 tablespoons golden syrup
1/4 pint water
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 cups (12oz) unsalted peanuts, chopped
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Dissolve the sugars, syrup and water over a low heat in a large heavy bottomed saucepan.
- Add the butter and bring to the boil; boil very gently to 149oc/300of hard crack stage (149oC-154oC (300oF - 310oF) for hard toffees and rock.
- Add the bicarbonate of soda and nuts carefully as the mixture may spit slightly and rise up in the pan.
- Pour slowly into a greased tin and mark into bars when almost set.