Spicy Brittle

by cakeduchess on June 4, 2011 · 49 comments

I like things spicy. I like spicy pasta sauces. I like spicy Chinese food. I really like spicy Mexican food. Spicy candy is my new favorite addiction.

It is so easy to make. Almost too easy. Now when I have my craving for some spicy crunchy candy, I will whip up a batch. It takes minutes! I was afraid it would be too spicy for my kids and that I would end up eating the whole thing. Apparently, they like spicy candy too!

This is a candy I will remember to make at Christmas time for gifts. School is almost out for most of you. Make it this summer with the kids. You can skip the spicy part and it will still be AMAZING!

Spicy Brittle
recipe from Sugar Baby
makes about 1 1/2 lbs.

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp. salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 cups salted, dry-roasted peanuts

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick baking spray. In a large, heavy sauce pan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

Clip a candy thermometer on the side of the pot and boil the mixture without stirring until the temperature reaches 300 F.


Immediately remove the pot from the heat. Sprinkle baking soda over the syrup and stir. The contents will bubble vigorously.
Stir in the peanuts.
Quickly poor mixture evenly onto parchment lined sheet pan. Spray a spatula with nonstick baking spray and spread the brittle in the pan while it is still warm. It will be very sticky and you may not spread it that much. That is just fine.Smile
Thank you for stopping by this weekend! Hope you’re having a sweet weekend full of friends and family. Maybe some cake and spicy candy?Winking smile

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

Maris (In Good Taste) June 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm

This brittle looks so fantastic! I imagine it must taste so good with that spicy kick!


Nisrine M. June 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I like the idea of a spicy brittle as it is often too sweet and the spices will counteract that a bit. Brilliant!


Baking Serendipity June 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

My husband would love this! He is on such a spicy foods kick. I might leave the spice out for myself and make two recipes in one…depending on my mood :)


Renathe Schneider June 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Looks good!


Lizzy June 4, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I’m scared to try this as I know I’d love it!!! And the picky family might not. I may just have to do it…so tempting. And what a great idea for Christmas gifts…


Marnely Rodriguez June 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Love the sweet/spicy combination. Mom just walked in and said she wanted to make it also! :)


claudia lamascolo June 4, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I love the this! Its brillant to use cayenne I can just taste how that bit of spice will make this perfect!


kimmie June 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Oh yum. I love spicy anything too – will definitely have to spice up my grandmother’s peanut brittle recipe next time I give it a go!


Cassie @ Bake Your Day June 5, 2011 at 12:52 am

Love the idea of spicy sweets and I can’t believe how few ingredients, looks and sounds wonderful!


wenderly June 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Um YUM! I *love* spicy!….but THIS, this spicy & sweet treat looks divine!


The Vanilla Bean Baker June 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

What a unique twist on an old favourite treat! It certainly would make great gifts.


purabi naha June 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hi, we, in India, call it chikli. But it is never spicy! This recipe looks interesting and different. Shall give it a try.

Also, I am new to your blog. Loved it. Hope you’ll also like mine!


Happy When Not Hungry June 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Wow this brittle looks amazing!!! Would love some of this!


Claire Gallam June 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Oh spicy brittle sounds amazing!


MikeVFMK June 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I love brittle and I love spicy so this is the perfect marriage of goodness to me!


Aggie June 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I like things spicy too :) Spicy sweet is even better! This sounds awesome!


Erin June 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Never tried spicy candy, but I love spicy everything else, so why not! Looks perfect!


Sandra June 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Oh this sounds awesome Lora..never thought to add cayenne paper..fantastic idea!!! Looks heavenly!


Angela@RecipesFromMyMom June 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I love red hots but that’s the only candy with heat that I’ve tried. Your spicy brittle makes me very curious. Curiosity in the kitchen is always good.


Jennifurla June 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm

what a great idea, I know so many people who love everything with spice who would LOVE this.


Gloria June 6, 2011 at 12:10 am

Love this,.look amazing! gloria


Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 6, 2011 at 12:22 am

My dad loves peanut brittle and I know he’d absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing:-)


Sandra June 6, 2011 at 1:46 am

Hey Lora, I was thinking of you and wondering how you are. So glad to see you here again and especially with this yummy recipe.


Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen June 6, 2011 at 3:23 am

I am new to the spicy/sweet combo. This looks great. My SIL gave me some honey chipotle candy and I am addicted.


Roxana GreenGirl June 6, 2011 at 3:50 am

Oh, what a fun little treat. Love brittle but never thought of adding a pinch of cayenne to it. Thanks for sharing Lora


Lo-mo June 6, 2011 at 4:38 am

mmmmm….this looks fabulous! I adore the thought of some spice in my candy!


Liren June 6, 2011 at 5:18 am

Sweet, salty AND spicy? I need to make this, pronto!


Jessica @ How Sweet June 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Oh my gosh – fabulous flavors!!


Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow June 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Yum! And congrats on the top 9!!


Michelle Benoit (Chocolate Central) June 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I love spicy too! And I get plenty living in a small mountain village in Mexico. Just made “huevos a la Mexicana” with jalapeno pepper this morning. Love brittle, but never tried a spicy brittle. Thanks for the recipe.


sensiblecooking June 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

You really are spicy. Who would have thought of spicy Brittle. I am a spicy lover like you so that means I will be whipping lot of these brittles.


Emily Malloy June 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE that it has a kick to it!

You rock my world!


Mari June 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I would have never thought about adding cayenne pepper. Looks great!


A Thought For Food June 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I’m a fan of sweet-spicy dishes… the combination is always so memorable.


Amy June 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

Lora this sounds delicious! I love peanut brittle already, but adding a spicy element is an awesome idea! Sweet, salty and spicy = delicious! Hope you have a wonderful week :)!


Reeni June 7, 2011 at 1:29 am

I love the idea of a spicy brittle! A little unexpected pop of flavor!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 7, 2011 at 3:17 am

Love that spicy sweet combination!


Angie's Recipes June 7, 2011 at 4:31 am

Me too, me too! I love things spicy and nutty! Those brittles are simply irresistible.


Lin Ann June 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Congrats on Top 9! Love peanut brittle! It’s something we made and ate a lot when I was growing up. And I think I would love, love, love it with this spicy twist!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction June 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I love the spicy and sweet combo… One of my favorites! This looks incredible. Can’t wait to try it soon.


briarrose June 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

Fabulous candy. I do love a little spice and it is always such a pleasant surprise when I run across it in a yummy candy. ;)


blackbookkitchendiaries June 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

this looks so tempting and very addictive:) i just love the sounds of this! yum!


Anonymous June 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm

How much baking soda? The recipe doesn’t indicate this ingredient, but the photos do… looks awesome btw!


Elle June 8, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I adore brittle! Add some spiciness to it, and I’m all over it!


Carolyn June 9, 2011 at 1:17 am

Oh yeah, I am with ya. Love the spicy sweet combo!


Matthew "mmwine" Horbund June 10, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I like the idea. Especially because I love the spicy sweet combo! Trying it asap!


Magic of Spice June 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

I like spicy too and these look like a perfect treat :)


cookies and cups June 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Omygoodness this sounds AMAZING!! Addictive and amazing :)


Preena @ A Teaspoon Of Turmeric June 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Lovely this has a spicy bite – I love it!


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