Peanut Brittle is a Sweet Thanksgiving Treat

One of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the all-day nibbling. Without giving it a first (let alone a second) guilty thought, we snack on salty, savory and sweet treats before the feast. Sweet treats like my aunt’s dad, the Reverend Gerald Beals’ peanut brittle. So popular a dish around Topsham, Maine, that he made and gave away 30 pounds of this treat every holiday season until passed away at 87 years of age. His delicious peanut brittle is still part of our Thanksgiving tradition. May it become part of yours.


2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light corn syrup
2 1/2 cups raw peanuts
1 teaspoon baking soda


Place everything (except baking soda) in large pan with handle.  Turn burner on high. When mixture comes to a full rolling boil, turn temperature down to medium. Cook and stir until amber color (about 12 minutes).  Add baking soda and stir quickly. Pour onto 2 buttered cookie sheets.  Shake pans to spread around. Let set until hardened.  Loosen by twisting pans and then break up by hand. Place in high traffic area and watch it disappear.

Judi Bauer