This Instant Pot candy recipe delivers a classic candy shop treat with no intimidation factor. In fact, you don’t even need a candy thermometer to make this perfectly porous and crisp brittle. While it makes a scrumptious treat any time of year, our Instant Pot Peanut Brittle is especially awesome to make during the holiday season. Being that the recipe produces a generous yield of candy, it’s an excellent goody for gifting. A key factor in candy cooking is making sure you sugar granules are completely dissolved. If you want to give your brittle a little test as it cooks, take your wooden spoon or rubber spatula (whatever you’re using to stir the mixture) to scoop a small amount of the melted sugar mixture and spread a thin layer onto a paper plate. This allows you to see any sugar crystals that may still be in the mixture, as well as observe how the mixture hardens as it cools. If the mixture hardens like glass and cracks easily, you know it’s ready.
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking soda
4 cups unsalted roasted peanuts
Flaky sea salt, optional
How to Make It
Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla extract in an Instant Pot. Stir to combine. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté setting on Low, stirring occasionally, until sugar mostly dissolves; set timer to 30 minutes.
Turn Sauté setting to Normal, and cook, stirring occasionally, until syrup mixture reaches a rich, caramel color and all sugar is dissolved, 15 to 20 minutes.
Stir baking soda into mixture, 1 teaspoon at a time, until combined. Bring to a boil, and stir in peanuts.
Pour mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spreading out towards edges of pan. If desired, sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool for about 1 hour. Crack into pieces.
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