The Best Nut Brittle You’ll Ever Make


Let’s talk about candy. Specifically, nut brittle.

In my house, homemade candy is considered both a luxury and an enormous pain in the butt. For this reason, I tend to stick with baked goods around the holidays, leaving candy making to my more adventurous friends… with one exception.

I’m apprehensive to share this recipe, knowing full well that once I do, the jig is up, and my best holiday candy trick is out of the bag. But this is hands down the best nut brittle recipe you’ll ever find, and it seems wrong to keep it a secret any longer. Before we go any further, however, I have a few confessions to make:

1) The recipe isn’t mine – it belongs to my dear friend and former home economics teacher, Mrs. B. She hasn’t always gotten credit for it when gushing friends are lavishing my candy-making skills with praise (sorry, Mrs. B…)

2) This recipe is incredibly easy. You don’t need a candy thermometer. All you need is… a microwave

A microwave??

I know. I can feel your skepticism from here. But hold on! I promise if you trust me on this one, you’re in for the best nut brittle you’ve ever had in your life. It will also be the easiest, and no one ever has to know your secret.

Before we get to the recipe, I want to take a moment to recognize the incredible woman who taught me this holiday favorite. Mrs. B (a.k.a Susan Bushnell) is a former Rochester, Vermont High School teacher whom I met when I was 14 years old.

Let’s get to the recipe.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 ounces roasted salted peanuts, cashews, pistachios and/or pecans
  • Fleur de sel or crushed Maldon sea salt

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