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Spicing Up an Old Fashioned Treat

We discovered a new treat last summer: spicy peanut brittle. We were on our first foray to the local farmers market, and a woman there was selling some really lovely homemade peanut brittle. We picked up a bag of maple brittle, and on her suggestion we tried out the spicy version.

Like chili chocolate, this isn't a combination I would normally gravitate towards. I mean, I know spicy and sweet combinations have been around for a long time. It's just that hot spices don't really come to mind when I think of hard candy. (That has changed now, though!)

I was curious about what the vendor added to get the heat, so I looked up a few spicy brittle recipes and found a couple combinations. I think the one we bought just had chili powder in it, but several of the recipes I found also used cinnamon. That sounds like something I might try! One also added cumin, which is a favourite of mine. Others just used cayenne.

And of course there are other savoury versions of peanut brittle: bacon brittle, garlic brittle, even pine nut brittle flavoured with rosemary. They're a pretty far cry from the sweet stuff I grew up with! Somehow they just seem more sophisticated than the maple or honey versions, or the brittle dipped in chocolate. Don't you think?

Have you ever made your own spiced or other savoury version of peanut brittle? Or maybe you just buy it ready made. What's your favourite?

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Image credit: Peanut brittle by Janet Hudson/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Note: This content is adapted from an article I originally published on Bubblews

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SoundNFury wrote on January 10, 2015, 11:22 PM

I have never actually heard of spicy brittle, but now that I think of it, I would probably like it! It' something I would definitely try.

CoralLevang wrote on January 10, 2015, 11:39 PM

I think a spicy brittle sounds yummy! I used to make my own peanut brittle using a microwave recipe. Have not made it in years. Might be time to try it out. I love sweet and savory/spicy.

scheng1 wrote on January 11, 2015, 2:53 AM

I always buy things ready make. About 90% of our food come from other countries.

soupdragon wrote on January 11, 2015, 5:24 AM

I do love the combination of sweet and spicy - hot chocolate with some chilli added is great -- but I have never liked peanuts

Ruby3881 wrote on January 11, 2015, 12:24 PM

I hadn't expected to like it , but it was really quite good! I'm actually thinking if we took spicy brittle and dipped it in dark chocolate, that would be really yummy emoticon :smile:

Ruby3881 wrote on January 11, 2015, 12:28 PM

The one and only time I ever made brittle was in a chemistry lab! I've heard of people using a microwave to make candy, but I'm so used to having a candy thermometer I think I'd feel lost heating my sugar that way!

Ruby3881 wrote on January 11, 2015, 2:11 PM

Hot chocolate with chili sounds quite delicious! I haven't tried it, but I think I will! If you like other nuts, substitute them for peanuts in your recipe.

Feisty56 wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:37 PM

Now you're talking my language. lol

Feisty56 wrote on January 12, 2015, 12:38 PM

I've not had much of a taste for sweets in some time, so I've eaten very little in the way of cookies or candy. A spicy peanut brittle sounds like the adult version of the treat -- and something I might enjoy.

Ambermol wrote on January 13, 2015, 9:39 AM

Ooh! You have given me something new to try. I haven't made peanut brittle for a good while so you have encouraged me to make some and experiment a little, thanks!