Crunchy Peanut Candy

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Crunchy peanut candy

Crunchy peanut candy

Chinese eat a lot of peanuts. We eat peanuts when we have parties, games, watching TV, family time, picnics and even given as gifts. My parents say they are very nutritious. They are a must during Chinese New Year. Crunchy Peanut Candy is another favourite. We love the crunch, the flavour and the sweetness. I made this and the Crunchy Sesame Candy Bars for Chinese New Year which falls on 14th Feb this year together with Valentine’s Day. So, it’s a double celebration.

Making this peanut candy is not too difficult but I think I’m not 100% there yet. I guess my mistake was using the ready fried peanuts instead of the dry roasted ones. This caused the peanuts not to stick to the melted sugar that well. So, use the dry roasted peanuts if you are making this. However, the crunch and taste is still there. I find it very addictive.

Here’s the recipe:

400g dry roasted peanuts
1C sugar
1C brown sugar (packed)
1/2C golden syrup
3/4C water
60g butter
1/4t baking soda

Leave to cool

Leave to cool

Spread the peanuts on to a grease paper-lined tin. Put the sugars, golden syrup and water in a pot to cook under low to medium fire until it turns caramel. It is only ready when a little amount dropped into cold water turns brittle. This takes about 20 minutes of cooking. Add the butter. Stir until it melts. Then add in the baking soda and give a quick stir.  It will bubble up. Quickly pour it over the peanuts and let it set before breaking them into pieces.

Crunchy peanut candy

Crunchy peanut candy

Do you like something sweet and crunchy like this peanut candy? Do you have one to share? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Divina  on February 12th, 2010

WE do have a similar candy in the Philippines and we call it peanut brittle but they nuts are chopped. But you really need a very strong teeth to bite into it. :) I love your sesame bars. :)

BTW, I could bake you some bread but I need to borrow your oven. hahaha.

tigerfish  on February 12th, 2010

What a coincidence! I just bought some peanuts from the grocery store today.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on February 12th, 2010

Wow, crunchy peanut candy, sweet…!
Yeah, chinese people eat lots of peanuts.
I remember my dad told me that in his good old days, many people would buy a big packet of peanuts into a cinema, then the cleaners had to clean all the peanut shells on the ground after showing films.

Happy New Year to you and your family, Mary.

Mary  on February 12th, 2010

@Divina - Oh, never thought of chopping the nuts. In Malaysia, these are the ones we see. I’ll have to try chopping up the nuts next time so that I can serve 2 types. But it’s fun biting into it…training for teeth and gum :D Divina, I think you need to move here to be my neighbour to use my oven LOL

@tigerfish - Right timing….you can make this candy now :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Happens in our place too. Peanuts, and not pop corns when go watch movies in cinema. It’s more nutritious, right? :P My dad used to come bake from work with a packet of roasted peanuts for us. We usually eat that after dinner. Happy New Year to you and your family too, Christine.

radha  on February 12th, 2010

Going home to make it! Thank u! Have a great New Year and may your wish come all true ~ Gong Hei Fat Choi from HK ~

Andrea@WellnessNotes  on February 12th, 2010

The candy looks & sounds delicious! I love peanuts… :)

Sushma Mallya  on February 12th, 2010

i love this peanut candy,my mom used to make this one…looks perfect & delicious..

Trissa  on February 12th, 2010

Hi Mary
Definitely love something sweet and crunch like this peanut candy. As Divina said, we call in peanut brittle in the Philippines and it is very addicting.

the lacquer spoon  on February 12th, 2010

Japanese loves peanuts too, and your nutty crunchy sweets is so irresistible… though my dentist won’t approve it ;) Happy Valentine!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on February 12th, 2010

They are a perfect party snack! Beautiful pictures.

Von  on February 12th, 2010

I’ve never been much of a fan of peanuts until my mum bought some peanut candies from the asian supermarket-they’re different from these ones though. But these look really good! Now I have a peanut candy craving……
Happy new year and valentines day!

3hungrytummies  on February 12th, 2010

I can hear the crunch when I bite into that! Perfect for CNY!

anncoo  on February 12th, 2010

This is perfect for CNY! Everything must sweet sweet~甜甜蜜蜜~ Happy Lunar New Year!

The Kitchen Masochist  on February 12th, 2010

These are called peanut brittle in America. They’re considered a classic candy back home, usually consumed during Xmas. They’re pretty popular here too.

I’d love to make these and chocolates for Valentines, but candy and chocolate making can be a bit of a nightmare to make in a hot and humid tropical environment.

This is pretty good too if you add beer or chili powder or both! I’ll give you the recipe as soon as I find it.

Sarah Naveen  on February 12th, 2010

My Dh’s Fav!!! looks super yummy!!!

Mary  on February 12th, 2010

@Radha - Thanks very much. Yes, hope all my wishes come true :D Have fun cooking!

@Andrea@WellnessNotes - Aha…..same peanut club now :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much. Isn’t it addictive? I wish it’s zero calories :D

@Trissa - Yes, it is brittle. That’s a cool name. Maybe I should have named it Peanut Candy Brittle :P

@the lacquer spoon - I’m sure my dentist won’t approve either. I hope he doesn’t read my blog :D Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much. You probably can imagine how much I’m going to snack on this during this Chinese New Year season. More exercise after that :P

@Von - Yes, there are a few types of Asian peanut candies. I wish I know how to make all of them. There’s another one that I like very much…made from finely crushed peanuts. Ooooh…that’s just so good. Craving for it now :( Happy New Year & Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

@3hungrytummies - I enjoy listening to the crunch too at each bite….crunch…crunch….crunch :D It’s even nice to listen to other people’s crunch!

@Anncoo - Ha…I’m sure going to be much sweeter after this Chinese New Year, eating so much sweet thing :D Healthier food after Chap Goh Mei :P

@The Kitchen Masochist - That’s a lovely name. Looks like this is an international candy. Hope it makes me sweeter during this year’s double celebrations :P Oh dear, I can imagine the heat over on your side. But here, it’s freezing cold. So, it’s nice to cook and bake a lot to keep my kitchen warm.

Adding beer and chili? First time I heard. I’ll have to try that. That would give a punch to it….yum. Thanks very much for sharing :)

@Sarah Naveen - Thanks very much for lovely compliment :) Give a try.

ThomR  on February 12th, 2010

I will try making your Peanut Candy. Looks delicious. Best to you!

pigpigscorner  on February 12th, 2010

These are really nice to snack on!

5 Star Foodie  on February 12th, 2010

Crunchy & nutty desserts like this disappear at my house in seconds! Happy Chinese New Year & have a great Valentine’s day!

Mary  on February 12th, 2010

@ThomR - Thanks very much for visiting and compliment. Have fun making these peanut candies :D

@pigpigscorner - Absolutely right! It’s so addictive :)

@5 Star Foodie - We are in the same league then :D Thanks very much for the greetings. Wishing you a great Valentine’s Day too!

Roti n Rice  on February 12th, 2010

This is perfect for the Chinese New Year. Another one of my favorites! Those peanuts really look good. Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!

SKip to Malou  on February 12th, 2010

I won’t stop munching this Mary. Looks so good! It reminds me of home…

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on February 12th, 2010

Wow, they look so good. The texture is fantastic, I’m sure. I used to have something similar back in Korea. Yum!

Tasty Trix  on February 12th, 2010

I would find this addictive as well, I love peanuts. Gung hay fat choy!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on February 12th, 2010

Oh my, this looks fantastic although I would fear for my teeth!
I have not been neglecting your posts, I have been very busy this week with my charity cupcakes sales. I am catching up gradually!

Thas  on February 12th, 2010

This post of yours reminded me of how I used to munch on these as a kid, love the crunchy bite and the caramelized taste. I will try these soon.

Drick  on February 13th, 2010

and I thought peanut brittle was an American thing - yours look so good with chocked full of peanuts…great recipe

penny aka jeroxie  on February 13th, 2010

These reminds of me of peanut brittles. They are super yummy. I can have the whole pack by myself.

Mary  on February 13th, 2010

@Roti n Rice - Yes, this is what I made for Chinese New Year. My parents always say that peanuts are important for Chinese New Year and we just follow :P Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family too.

@SKip to Malou - I know…..addictive :P

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - Thanks very much :) Oh, now I remember…. I think I ate something similar to this when I was in Korea. Oh, I miss all the delicious Korean snacks….so yummy.

@Tasty Trix - Hey, you know Cantonese! That’s great! Thanks very much. I have already eaten a lot :P

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Just don’t tell your dentist :D Oh, don’t feel bad. I know you have been busy. I hope all the charity sales went well. Your cupcakes all look so cute I’m sure they would sell well.

@Thas - I think we have real sweet tooth :D

@Drick - Now I think this is an international favourite…different names in different places. Peanut brittle is a nice name. I just love the crunch and the sweetness :P

@penny aka jeroxie - You mean you won’t share? :D I won’t sit next to you then LOL

Kitchen Butterfly  on February 13th, 2010

Have a great Chinese New Year. I love sesame snaps….which are similar to these. Plan on making them at home soon….maybe with wasabi flavoured sesames seeds or smoked ones!

Katherine  on February 13th, 2010

I just love peanuts. This recipe is great Mary. I think I might make this for people at work.

Mary  on February 14th, 2010

@Kitchen Butterfly - Thanks very much. It has been great so far :D Wow….wasabi sesame candy or smoked ones….sounds fabulous…yum

@Katherine - Whah…your colleagues are surely lucky to have you around :D

Ellie  on February 14th, 2010

These peanut candies are very addictive. Happy CNY to you and your family!

Kevin  on February 14th, 2010

That peanut candy looks really good!

The Kitchen Masochist  on February 14th, 2010

Happy New Year! I hope you and your family are having a wonderful time celebrating CNY.

Well, as promised, here’s the beer chili peanut brittle, perhaps for next year’s CNY? The chilli powder does give it some kick and the beer adds another dimension and cuts through the sweetness.

pierre  on February 14th, 2010

hi mary I wish you and all your relatives a happy new year !! cheers from >Paris Pierre

Mary  on February 14th, 2010

@Ellie - They are. Hope they are not giving me teeth problems :D. Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family, too!

@Kevin - Thank you very much :)

@The Kitchen Masochist - Oh yes, we do. Too much fun until I have no time for my blog :P Thanks very much for your greetings. Thanks very much for the link, too. I really want to try that. Won’t wait til next Chinese New Year :P

@Pierre - Thanks very much for your greetings, Pierre :)

Almost Slowfood  on February 14th, 2010

Happy New Year, Mary! I want to try this recipe soon!!!

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on February 14th, 2010

I love peanut brittle! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Shirley  on February 15th, 2010

Hey Mary,
We call this “chikki”. And to tell you how much we love it- We have a perennial stock of it at home. Its snacky as well as nutritious and its also made with jaggery instead of sugar, which add to the iron content. But I’ve never dared to try it at home. Should do that.

Mary  on February 15th, 2010

@Almost Slowfood -Thanks very much for greetings. Have fun trying :)

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! Have fun! :)

@Shirley - That’s a lovely name ‘chikki’. I wish I can eat it everyday but I know my dentist will come after me :P ……only on special occasions.

Caveman Cooking  on February 15th, 2010

First the chocolate shortbread and now peanut brittle?!?! You are very dangerous, M2! ;)

Mimi  on February 15th, 2010

I eat peanuts every day. I should eat them like this.

Mary  on February 15th, 2010

@Caveman Cooking - Me dangerous? ….hahaha I think this one is quite deadly…wickedly sweet and high in calories :D Only for the daring ones!!

@Mimi - Peanuts everyday?? Wow…you are a great peanut fan! If according to my parents’ theory, you have to be highly intelligent :D

anncoo  on February 16th, 2010

Hi Mary,
I want to you wish a Happy Birthday and all the best !

Mary  on February 16th, 2010

@Anncoo - Thanks very much. Oh no…I’m a year older now :D

diva  on February 16th, 2010

I remember in high school, a classmate of mine used to bring these candies in which her gramma made over the weekend. She was nice enough to bring loads more for me to take home as I simply adored these! How beautiful. The pics bring back some sweet memories!

Cheah  on February 17th, 2010

Mary, your peanut candy is just right for CNY, sweet and peanuts, brings forth off-springs!

Peanuts bars « the dancing kitchen  on February 21st, 2010

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Arnold  on August 18th, 2010

Very nice, the addition of baking soda is something I would not have thought of. I am sure this recipe has made many kids (both big and small) very happy.

Mary  on August 22nd, 2010

@diva - Wow….you have such a lovely friend! :D Maybe you can give this a try and bring back even more memories!

@Cheah - Haha….what a way to celebrate CNY with peanuts!! :D

@Arnold - Haha…you are right, Arnold. You will be hearing all the lovely crunching sound when everyone eats! :D

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