Peanut Brittle Popcorn Topping is an easy and tasty homemade Christmas gift. Perfect for movie night!
Everyone loves popcorn, so this holiday make this Peanut Brittle Popcorn Topping for the people on your list. It’s sweet, salty and sure to be appreciated!
When it comes to the holidays, I love to give homemade gifts that come from the heart. Being an avid baker and candy maker it’s normally something sweet, but I’ve created a number of themed baskets over the years. There have been pasta baskets, cookie jars, breakfast baskets. but a popcorn gift basket is a winning idea that can’t be overplayed.
Nothing brings the family together like a movie night, so this Peanut Brittle Popcorn Topping is the start to quality family time. You can go as big or small as you want with this idea. Sometimes I’ll fill a large bowl with toppings, gourmet popcorn, candy, hot cocoa and pair it with a warm throw blanket and a movie, but this Peanut Brittle Popcorn Topping is also an excellent stocking stuffer.
I don’t know if you’ve seen the bags of peanut powder that have been popping up in grocery stores… supposedly, you add water and to make peanut butter but I haven’t tried that yet. I have been using it in baked goods and an occasional smoothie.
So when I was thinking about popcorn toppings recently, the peanut powder came to mind. One of my favorite toppings for popcorn is caramel, so when you put caramel and peanuts together you get peanut brittle. Genius right?
To make this simple topping, you cook up a brittle without the peanuts, pulverize the candy and add peanut powder! So easy! The result is a sweet and salty topping that is full of nutty, caramel flavor! It’s sure to be a winner this holiday season!
Peanut Brittle Popcorn Topping
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp salted butter
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup peanut powder
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper greased with small amount of vegetable oil.
- In a heavy bottomed two quart pot, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and water.
- Over low heat, melt the butter and sugar while stirring constantly.
- Attach a candy thermometer to the pan, and turn up the burner to medium-high.
- Stir constantly as the mixture boils, bring the syrup to hard crack stage (300 F).
- Once you've reached 300, turn off the heat and stir in the butter, baking soda and vanilla (the mixture will foam up).
- As soon as the butter has melted, pour brittle onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Once the brittle has completely cooled and hardened, break it into small pieces and pulverize it in a food processor with the peanut powder until very fine.
- Store in an airtight jar until ready to use.
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