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Honey Peanut Brittle

Photo: Penny De Los Santos

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins

Makes about 8 oz.

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.


  • 4 cups dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Pinch of table salt

How to Make It

  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.) 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.

Recipe adapted from Soul Food Love, copyright 2015 by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams. To be published by Clarkson Potter, Feb. 3, 2015.