Pepper adds an unexpected bit of heat to the brittle, but you can omit it for a traditional version. To wrap, place pieces of brittle in clear food-safe cellophane bags, then tie with ribbon.
Cooking Light DECEMBER 2002
Coat a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
Combine sugar and next 5 ingredients (sugar through salt) in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves and candy thermometer registers 325°, stirring occasionally. Remove mixture from heat; stir in peanuts and remaining ingredients. (The baking soda will cause the mixture to bubble and become opaque.)
Quickly pour mixture into prepared pan, spreading to edges. Let stand 1 hour; break into pieces.
Note: Store the peanut brittle in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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