I’m so pleased to bring you this delicious honey peanut brittle recipe, friends. Easy to make with a candy thermometer, it’s the perfect candy for honey-roasted nut lovers.

And just because the recipe calls for peanuts doesn’t mean it won’t work as well for cashews, pecans, or even pepitas. Use your favorite nut to customize it.

Peanut brittle makes a great gift, so make a couple of batches and wrap it up for your friends!

A blue plate with pieces of honey peanut brittle on it.

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✔️Skill Level: Intermediate
✔️Skills: Cooking Sugar, stirring a very hot mixture, pouring candy onto Silpat
✔️Type: Candy
✔️Number of Ingredients: 7
✔️Prep Time: 5 minutes
✔️Cook Time: 15 minutes
✔️Yield: 2 pounds of peanut brittle

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Why This Recipe Works

Peanut brittle is an easy candy to make, and this recipe is no exception.

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It’s also easy to vary. Add extracts at the end of cooking, add spices, or change up your nuts. You can even make a mixed nut brittle.

This recipe makes the perfect amount to spread out onto a half-sheet pan.

The candy weighs in at around 2 pounds, which is a generous amount.

Even so, you can double the recipe if you’d like with no issues as long as you have a large enough pan.

The balance of honey and sugar is really nice, also. You can definitely taste the honey flavor, but it’s overly assertive.

There’s also enough salt in it to bring out the nuttiness and cut a bit of the sweetness.

How to Make Honey Nut Brittle

Ingredients and Substitutions

See the ingredient descriptions below the image. I will also add substitutions where applicable.

A collage of ingredients for making peanut brittle: sugar, honey, corn syrup, peanuts, butter, salt, and baking soda.
  • Sugar: This provides the sweetness and the crunch when you cook it to the correct temperature. You could substitute half the sugar with brown sugar if you’d like.
  • Honey: A lighter-flavored honey works better, especially if you don’t like an aggressive honey flavor. You can also use maple syrup for a different flavor. Or just use more corn syrup for a more neutral peanut flavor.
  • Corn Syrup: Adds a bit of sweetness but is primarily there to help avoid crystallization since you have to stir nuts into the candy. Without it, you could end up with a sandy mess. Which will still be tasty. It just won’t be peanut brittle.
  • (Water): I add about 1/4 cup of water at the beginning of cooking to moisten the sugar and make it melt more evenly. Consider adding a little extra flavor here by substituting some hard cider or regular apple cider
  • Peanuts: You can use any peanuts you like here. I used big old fancy Virginia peanuts because they look pretty in the brittle. Feel free to use your favorite nuts and/or seeds or a mixture. The recipe calls for 9 oz by weight, but the recipe should be able to accomodate up to 11-12 oz, by weight.
  • Salt: Tempers the sweetness and brings out the nutty flavor.
  • Butter: Not strictly necessary, but it does help to provide a little bit of a creamy bite as well as some buttery flavor.
  • Baking soda: The baking soda reacts in the super hot sugar, foaming up like mad. This is what lightens the candy and keeps it from being too hard and crunchy. Those tiny little air bubbles make a big difference. Do NOT subsitute baking powder.

Procedure

This is a pretty straightforward recipe. Here’s what you’ll do:

1) Mix sugar, honey, corn syrup, salt, and water together and stir to get the sugar wet.

2) Bring candy up to a boil and cook until it reaches 265F.

3) Stir in peanuts and butter.

4) Cook to 310F. Off the heat, stir in the baking soda thoroughly.

5) Pour candy out onto a Silpat-lined half-sheet pan and spread out with an offset spatula.

6) Once the candy cools completely, break it up into pieces.

Peanut brittle cooling in a pan.

Note: allow at least a couple of hours for your honey peanut brittle to cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Equipment You Will Need

The most important thing you can own to make candy is an accurate thermometer. I know lots of people like one that clips to the side of the pan, but those aren’t always completely accurate, especially if you’re not stirring the candy.

With a good instant-read thermometer, you can sort of “stir” the candy with the probe to get a better idea of the temperature of the contents of your pan.

And speaking of pans, for safety, it’s best to always use a pan that is much larger than you think you need.

This recipe works well in a 3-quart saucepan. To make a double recipe, use at least a 5-quart Dutch oven.

Silicone baking mats can be expensive and are not always the best item for the job, but there really is no substitute when it comes to candy making.

You can purchase an OG Silpat, but there are many other brands out there as well at other price points.

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Pro Tips for Making This (or Any) Candy

Sugar can be very temperamental, so always make sugar on clear, high-pressure days. Humidity is the candy maker’s nemesis.

When spreading candy onto the baking sheet, spray your offset spatula with some pan spray to keep the candy from sticking. This will not affect how the candy sets up.

Remember that candy is very, very hot. Since you boil all the water out of it, the temperature is free to soar above the boiling point of water.

So, if some candy splashes onto the counter, just leave it until it cools.

The best way I’ve found to clean a pot after making hard candy is to fill it with water and heat it on the stove to melt any candy adhering to the sides of the pan. Then, just pour it out.

Peanut Brittle Q & A

Pieces of peanut brittle on a blue plate with a small dish of peanuts and a jar of honey in the background.
How should I store it?

Store your nut brittle at room temperature in a tightly-sealed container. It should be fine for a couple of weeks. If it’s humid, put a desiccant pack or two in the container. Just grab one from your bottle of vitamins, or you can buy desiccant packs online.

Is peanut brittle gluten-free?

As long as none of your ingredients are made on shared equipment, this recipe is gluten-free as written.

Why didn’t mine harden?

You probably didn’t cook it to a high enough temperature. Make sure your thermometer is accurate and make sure to cook it to at least 310F or as high as 315F.

Are peanut brittle and toffee the same?

No. Toffee is generally made with brown sugar and more butter, making it a butterscotch-type candy. Peanut brittle contains baking soda, allowing for a lighter, crispy texture thanks to the bubbles. So peanut brittle is more closely related to a honeycomb-type candy. Even though toffee and peanut brittle are similar, they aren’t the same.

Serving Suggestions

A beige bowl with pieces of honey peanut brittle in it.
  1. Spread it thinly to cool, and you can break it up into shards and use it for garnish.
  2. Don’t spread it out, and you can grate it and make “brittle dust.” This is nice because it sort of melts in your mouth.
  3. Bake pieces into brownies.
  4. Fold it into French vanilla ice cream. The candy will soften and turn into a caramel sauce surrounding the nuts. Like a peanut version of pralines and cream.
  5. Fold wee pieces into mousse or ganache and use it as cake filling/frosting.

More Peanutty Candy to Love

If you’re a fan of peanuts in candy, you will probably want to try my peanut butter fudge recipe. It, too, has honey in it, because I love the combination.

For a recipe with only two ingredients, give this candied peanut recipe a try. I could eat them by the handful!

And here is a fun Mexican peanut candy recipe that also only requires two ingredients. And bonus: no cooking to make this Mexican mazapan candy!

Questions?

A Note About Measurements

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Pieces of peanut brittle on a blue plate with a small dish of peanuts and a jar of honey in the background.

Honey Peanut Brittle

Jennifer Field
This honey peanut brittle is delicious when made as directed, but it would be equally good with any nut that you like: pecans, almonds, cashews, etc. Or use mixed nuts or seeds such as pepitas.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Candy Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 pounds, about 16 2 oz servings
Calories 251 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 oz granulated sugar
  • 4 oz honey
  • 4 oz light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 9 oz peanuts they don’t have to be “raw”
  • ½ oz butter
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Instructions
 

  • In a 3-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring sugar, honey, corn syrup, and salt to a boil with enough water to get things going (about 1/4 cup water).
  • Cover pot with a lid. Let boil for 2 minutes to wash any sugar crystals off the sides of the pot, then remove lid.
  • Cook this syrup to 265F, then stir in the nuts and butter.
  • Continue cooking (keep stirring) until the mixture has reached at least the bottom end of hard crack stage (310F), or until the mixture is the caramel color you want. Do make sure it's at least 310 degrees, F, or your brittle won't be. Brittle, that is.
  • Turn off the heat and then stir in the baking soda. Stir it carefully but thoroughly. It will foam up and look kind of like shaving cream.
  • Carefully pour onto a Silpat lined baking sheet and spread to desired thickness. Let cool at room temperature. Break into pieces.
  • Store well covered at room temperature.

Did You Make Any Changes?

Notes

Honey: You can use all honey instead of a mixture of honey and corn syrup if you really like honey flavor. I find that cooked honey can have a very assertive flavor, so 4 oz is fine for me, but you can go with a full 8 oz (by weight) if you prefer.
Advanced Technique: If you'd like, wear two layers of latex gloves, wait until the brittle has cooled off a bit, and then pull off pieces and let dry separately. This will give you a more delicate end product, and it will have a lovely sheen to it. Be careful, though. It is still very very hot, so pull quickly and don't hurt yourself. Use almost any nut or seed (sesame, pumpkin, etc) to make a brittle. Or cocoa nibs. Or crushed espresso beans.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 155mgFiber: 1gSugar: 40g
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3 Comments

  1. JENNI,

    I enjoy your recipes. I’m glad I signed up for you web site. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I don’t know where you are located. I’m in Jacksonville, Florida and we’re having 70 degree weather. It doesn’t seem
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    1. Hi, Joy! I’m so glad you found me and that you are enjoying the recipes! I’m in NC, in the Raleigh area, and it should be (hopefully) nice and cool for Christmas. Not cold, and no snow, but still, I can get away with wearing a sweater and maybe even a coat!

      Enjoy your FL Christmas. There is something to be said for being able to wear shorts and go to the beach on Christmas day. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    POC recipes are so clearly written and include such helpful tips – I’m so glad to have found you. Thank you, Jenni!

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