Photo: Penny De Los Santos
Many enslaved African-Americans came from beekeeping countries; others interacted with certain Native American groups who bartered with beeswax and honey. This candy deliciously celebrates those all-but-forgotten intertwinings in early American society. It also celebrates George Washington Carver, who advocated for everything peanut.
Makes about 8 oz.
1. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a deep pot over high heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Boil mixture until a candy thermometer registers 300°. Remove from heat. (If you don't have a candy thermometer, drop a bit of the mixture into a glass of ice water to test the temperature. If it hardens, you're all set.)2. Carefully stir in baking soda and remaining ingredients. (Mixture will fluff up.) Spread mixture onto a well-buttered baking sheet, and cool completely (about 1 hour). Break into pieces, and store cooled brittle in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 1 week.