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Brittle Candy Recipes

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If you thought peanut brittle was the only brittle around, think again! Brittles, or thin and crispy sugar candies, can be made with peanuts, of course, but there's also delicious with other nuts like macadamia nuts, pecans or cashews. You can even omit the nuts entirely and use coconut instead! So grab your sugar and try one of these delicious brittle recipes today.

1. Peanut Brittle

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This is it--the classic brittle, the great-grandaddy of them all! Whole salted peanuts are held together in a sweet, crunchy sugar candy. Hold on to your fillings and get ready for a sugar rush, because once you have a taste of this old-time favorite, you won't be able to stop. Don't miss the video showing how to make peanut brittle!

2. Salted Chocolate Peanut Brittle

Salted Chocolate Peanut Brittle
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Salted Chocolate Peanut Brittle is a delicious twist on old-fashioned peanut brittle. The familiar nutty treat is coated with a layer of chocolate and a hefty pinch of flaked sea salt. The sweet and salty combination is fantastic, and the rich chocolate contrasts nicely with the crunchy brittle.

3. Spicy Peanut Brittle

Spicy Peanut Brittle
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This Spicy Peanut Brittle recipe improves upon a classic candy by adding a modern element--smoky, spicy chipotle chile powder. The resulting candy is crunchy, nutty, sweet, spicy, and terribly addicting.

4. Cinnamon Cashew Brittle

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This Cinnamon Cashew Brittle recipe produces a thin and crispy brittle with a warm cinnamon flavor and lots of toasted, salted cashews.

5. Cocoa Nib Brittle

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Cocoa Nib Brittle is a thin, crispy brittle studded with crunchy, chocolately cocoa nibs and flecked with real vanilla beans. This brittle is excellent on its own, but it's also excellent crumbled as a topping for ice creams, puddings, or mousses.

6. Macadamia Nut Brittle

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Peanuts aren't the only game in town! This macadmia nut brittle proves that there's plenty of room for creativity when it comes to nut brittles. Buttery, salty macadmia nuts are a natural pairing to the light and crisp brittle. 

7. Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Pumpkin Seed Brittle
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Pumpkin Seed Brittle is a light and crunchy brittle candy, full of fall flavors like cinnamon, ginger, molasses, and of course, pepitas, or pumpkin seeds! This brittle is great on its own, or crumble it and use it to top ice cream, cupcakes, or pastries.

8. Maple Pecan Brittle

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This Maple Pecan Brittle brings a warm, toasty fall flavor to a classic candy recipe. The buttery toffee base has a robust maple flavor and crunchy toasted pecans in every bite. 

9. Walnut Brittle

Walnut Brittle
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This Walnut Brittle recipe has loads of crunchy nuts, the deep, rich taste of caramelized sugar and a touch of molasses flavor.

10. Chocolate Nut Brittle

Chocolate Nut Brittle
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Chocolate Nut Brittle has a double dose of chocolate flavor. The brittle itself contains a touch of cocoa powder, and the finished candy is drizzled with a generous helping of melted semi-sweet chocolate.

11. Coconut Brittle

Coconut Brittle
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A brittle recipe without any nuts at all? Yes, it is possible--and not only is it possible, it's delicious! This coconut brittle is toasted a rich, dark golden brown and is packed with tropical toasted coconut flavor. It's great on its own, dipped in chocolate, or crumbled as an ice cream or cake topping.

12. Glass Peanut Brittle

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Glass Peanut Brittle is a thin, translucent variation of traditional peanut brittle. I call this "glass brittle" because the peanuts are suspended in a beautiful, almost-clear brittle that has the appearance of glass.

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