The best homemade Nut Brittle

This is an old fashioned brittle, you can add any type of nut you want to personalize it to your families taste.

It helps this recipe go smoother if you gather all the ingredients and have them close at hand.

Please read the whole recipe before you start; or your brittle will not turn out the best it could be for your family.

I will usually line all the ingredient’s up in the order I need them.

At a certain point everything happens at once and you don’t have the time to search for a ingredient.

Use a  deep  heavy bottom pan.

Put these ingredients into pan.
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup-white
1/2 t. salt
1 cup water
Cook on Medium high heat, you can stir until it starts to boil-then do not stir.
Boil for 15-20 minutes until it gets to an amber color.
This is where things get a little quick.

If you want to use candy thermometer then it should be to soft crack stage- 132 degrees on a candy thermometer.
I will usually pick up the pan and swirl a couple of times to see the color on the bottom of the pan. Do this very carefully!

The next step is quick………. have everything measured out and prepared.

You can see the bubbles appear heavier and more condensed.

This is good, DON’T walk away from the pan at this point.

The color appears the last 1-3 minutes of the boil. See how dense the bubbles are, this is why I swirl it a little-you can see the darker color toward the bottom of the pan.

Have a pan prepped to pour the hot mixture onto it.


I use a cookie sheet with high edges, and one of those silicone baking sheets–spray with non stick to prepare. (you can use tin foil but make sure to spray really well)
Find a good heat resistant rubber spatula and spray with the non stick too, you will need this to spread out the brittle after you pour onto the pan.

The nuts, any kind, I really like cashews with this and it seems to be the most requested by friends and family.
I use about 1 and 1/2 cup of nuts. I break them up a bit.
2 tablespoons of butter (do not use margarine)
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 Tablespoon of vanilla bean paste.(or regular vanilla extract if you don’t have the paste)

I would loved to have a picture of all the ingredients being stirred but it happens in about 20 seconds before it begins to stiffen.

All the items that you have prepared are stirred in quick and spread on the pan.
Let sit for 15-30 minutes and break into pieces and enjoy.

As you can see this batch was Cashew Brittle.

Cashew Brittle