Archive for December 2012

Cashew Brittle

I originally got this recipe in the local newspaper about 10 years ago, and over the years I’ve tweaked it.  This takes 15 minutes to make, and it’s only six ingredients!

Package it in a nice tin or holiday GladWare container and give it to neighbors for a token homemade Christmas present. It’s always appreciated and looked forward to by our friends.

You will have to play around with the recipe because every microwave oven is different.  Even an extra 30 seconds can make this go from amazing to awful.  If it’s undercooked it will be chewy like caramel (still yummy) and if it’s cooked too long the cashews will be brown and it will almost taste burned.

I’ve got it down to a science, and here is my version:


  • 1 cup lightly salted roasted CASHEW halves & pieces – this is aprox. 1/2 can (Planter’s can is 9.5oz, and Southern Grove by ALDI is an 8oz. can)
  • 1 cup granulated white SUGAR
  • 1/2 cup LIGHT CORN SYRUP
  • 1 tsp. BUTTER (I just cut 1/3 of the TBSP. line on a stick of butter, but sometimes it’s closer to 1/2 of the line so it’s really more like 2 tsp.)
  • 1 tsp. pure VANILLA extract
  • 1 tsp. BAKING SODA

In a 2 qt. microwave-safe bowl with handle, stir together the nuts, sugar and corn syrup.

Microwave, uncovered, at high for 6 minutes, until the mixture is light brown, stirring well halfway through at 3 minutes.   (The original recipe said around 6-8 minutes, but again, it depends on your microwave.)

Meanwhile, grease a Silpat Baking Mat (on a cookie sheet) with butter.

Prepare vanilla, butter, and baking soda measurements into small bowls, as you will need to work quickly with the hot candy.

Using oven mitts, remove the bowl from the microwave oven. It will be VERY HOT, so be sure you don’t let it touch your skin.

Stir in the butter and vanilla. I use two rubber spatulas, one to stir, and one to clean off the spatula back into the bowl.

Continue to microwave the candy, at high, for 90 seconds (the original recipe said 1 1/2 – 2 minutes but 1 1/2 is perfect in our microwave.)  The mixture should be caramel-colored.  Get your cookie sheet ready in the meantime.

Remove with oven mitts and add baking soda.  Stir quickly until light and foamy.  IMMEDIATELY and carefully pour onto cookie sheet and spread thin with spatula as quickly as possible (sometimes I just tip the cookie sheet and let ooze, but it will be thicker.)

Cool for 30 minutes and then break into small pieces.  I usually put a plastic sandwich baggie on my hands to break the candy.

Stores well in a covered container for up to two weeks (but it won’t last that long.)

This is so delish!  It’s that mix of sweet and salty which is now so popular with the sea salt & caramel.



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THIS LAST PHOTO IS WHAT IT SHOULD NOT LOOK LIKE.  This batch was cooked 30 seconds too long and the cashews are too brown.

Oh my heavens I’ve just found the most AMAZING treat:



~ Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt and Roasted Almonds ~

only 58 calories each

These chocolates are .375 oz. (10.6 g) and are perfect for satisfying that gourmet sweet tooth.  I love one in the evening with a glass of red wine.  MMMM my new fave!

GHIRARDELLI Sea Salt Escape gourmet milk chocolate squares

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