you're not sure what to do today then get to crunching because it's
National Peanut Brittle Day! This crunchy treat pleases
and grandparents alike. Let's get right into celebrating
Peanut Brittle Day!
WHY IS THIS A
While there may not be a reason for this specific day to
chosen, when you've been around as long as peanut brittle has someone's
bound to celebrate you! I remember peanut brittle from
Candy Land board game and a lot of older folk always seem to have a
dish of it waiting to be chomped on. Do you remember that game?
So what is peanut brittle? It's a really hard but brittle,
the name, sugary treat with peanuts embedded inside it. It usually
comes in flat, broken pieces and has a nice golden brown color to it.
mix sugar and water together and then boil it until it reaches what
they call the "hard crack stage", which happens at around 300 degrees
Fahrenheit. If you've ever had hard toffee then you know what the hard
crack stage is all about! It's the point where the sugar caramelizes in
a particular way so that it's nice and hard when it cools down.
Then they add in peanuts and other ingredients, mix it
and then pour it out onto a flat surface to cool. As it cools it
becomes a solid sheet of peanut brittle-y goodness that is then broken
up into bite-sized pieces. You can sometimes find people breaking it up
with little mallets. Pecans and almonds are sometimes added
their own brittle but today is peanut brittle's day so toss those other
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you can easily head to
a store and pick up a container of peanut brittle and munch on it all
day today. If you have kids you can introduce them to this crunchy
treat and see what they think of it. Or if you work at an office then
set out a dish of peanut brittle and let the whole office celebrate
with you. I'm sure that most people would love to spice up
day with some sugary crunchness. But maybe you're handy in
kitchen... why not take a stab at making your own peanut brittle? There
are a ton of different recipes online for you to try out and it'll
probably end up being less expensive, more rewarding and you'll end up
with a whole lot more of it!
Just make sure that you boil
your sugar mixture long enough so that it hits that hard crack stage,
otherwise it won't be as crunchy and brittle as you want it to be. It's
not called peanut chewy for a reason ;). And hey, you don't
to eat it plain! Why not toss it in a mix shake? I'm sure that would be
a tasty treat for today that you've probably never had before.
However you decide to celebrate today, I hope that you enjoy
sound of peanut brittle being crunched!