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.

Caroline Randall Williams and Alice Randall
Recipe by Southern Living February 2015


Penny De Los Santos

Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 30 mins
Makes about 8 oz.


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.