Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Prep Time
23 Mins
Other Time
20 Mins
Makes about 1 lb.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook benne seeds in a large heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until seeds begin to turn brown. Remove from skillet.

Step 2

Cook sugar and 2 Tbsp. water in skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, 10 minutes or until sugar is melted. Quickly stir in benne seeds and vanilla. Pour onto a well-buttered baking sheet. Quickly spread to 1/8-inch thickness, using a metal spatula. Cool completely (20 minutes). Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Adapted from Charleston Receipts

Ratings & Reviews

Angelab30's Review

April 06, 2011
loved this! We love this brittle...and now I can make it instead of buying it. Wonderfully easy. I would serve this at a small casual party/ dinner

Kathleen21's Review

May 04, 2010
This was delicious and fun to make...and I learned a lot about melting sugar. When it clumps up and you think you have ruined it, keep on stirring and the sugar will melt beautifully.

wannee1's Review

March 24, 2010
A classic recipe. I found I had to use medium heat to melt the sugar. Work fast after you add the seeds. This stuff is addictive

BeachBum47's Review

March 17, 2010
The sugar never melted to the consistency that I look for in a brittle. The benne seeds were toasted properly and the "brittle" has a nutty taste but it is overly sweet due to the sugar's consistency.