January 26th marks National Peanut Brittle Day, a sweet, crunchy, and nutty tradition that’s been around for decades. Peanut Brittle is a hard toffee-like candy popular during the winter holidays – and as sweet as it is, it’s an important part of American culture.
Peanut brittle is traditionally made with sugar, corn syrup, and peanuts, which are added at the end of the process and sprinkled on top. Variations on the classic recipe can include nuts like almonds and cashews, as well as morsels of chocolate.
Although the exact history of peanut brittle is unknown, it’s believed that the recipe was created in the late nineteenth century by homesteaders in the American West. These settlers had access to abundant supplies of cheap peanuts, and the primitive homemade recipes used boiled sugar and corn syrup combined with peanuts and butter.
Peanut brittle was an economical treat that could be made from pantry staples and easily stored. The candy soon gained popularity across the United States and became a staple of holidays and special occasions.
Today, peanut brittle is still popular and is still made with the same ingredients as in the 19th century. It’s an easy-to-make treat for family gatherings, get-togethers, and celebrations of all kinds. Some bakers choose to leave out the corn syrup and add molasses or honey instead. It’s also fairly easy to veganize peanut brittle, using vegan butter and a sugar substitute.
In honor of January 26th, National Peanut Brittle Day, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. It’s the perfect excuse to break out a traditional family recipe and make some peanut brittle. The combination of sugar, corn syrup, butter, and peanuts make a delectable treat that kids and adults alike will love.
For those who’d rather buy than bake, local candy stores often carry peanut brittle made by small batch confectioners. Buying local candies is a great way to support the small businesses in your community.
For those who don’t have the time or energy to make or buy peanut brittle, there are other ways to celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day. Enjoy a bowl of homemade trail mix with peanuts and dried fruit for a nutritious snack. Whip up some peanut brittle muffins for breakfast or afternoon snacks. Or host a festive movie night with a peanut-flavored baked treat.
However you choose to celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day, it’s the perfect time to appreciate the sweet and savory combinations of sugar, butter, peanuts, and corn syrup that make this classic treat. Peanut brittle is an important part of American culture that makes a sweet, crunchy addition to any occasion.