How do you test peanut brittle without a candy thermometer?

A candy thermometer is your best bet, but you can use a digital one as long as it reads high enough—or if you’re completely without a thermometer, you can use the water test: You’ll know it’s hot enough when a bit of the syrup dropped into cold water completely hardens and becomes, well, brittle.

How do I make candy without a thermometer?

For any recipe that calls for a candy thermometer, all you’ll need is a bowl of cold water instead (The colder the better—ice water is fine!) While the candy is cooking, periodically drop a small spoonful of the candy into the bowl of cold water.

Why did my peanut brittle not get hard?

The most likely reason your peanut brittle turned sticky is because you didn’t cook it long enough. Peanut brittle has to reach the hard-crack stage, which means that strands of sugar break easily and feel dry, not sticky. Storing peanut brittle in the fridge or freezer also can alter its texture.

What does baking soda do in peanut brittle?

By adding baking soda to the sugar syrup, you unleash a zillion minuscule air bubbles that give the candy a porous, delicate texture. Butter also helps to make the candy tender and easier to chew, as well as adding its own rich flavor.

How much baking soda do I add to brittle?

Just like in my favorite english toffee recipe, this homemade peanut brittle recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of baking soda to be added right at the end of the cooking process. This is important because of a chemical reaction that results in the perfect peanut brittle texture.

Why is my peanut brittle so dark?

The Brittle and Hokey Pokey recipes are similar and both rely on boiling sugar and syrup to a high enough temperature to remove almost all of the water. The boiling sugar should turn a deep amber colour when it reaches the correct stage. Too pale and the candy will not set, too dark and the sugar will have burnt.

How Long Will homemade peanut brittle last?

To store: Store peanut brittle (once it’s completely cooled) in an airtight container at room temperature. Do not refrigerate as the moisture from the fridge will cause the brittle to soften. Store for 6-8 weeks. To freeze: Peanut brittle can be frozen and stored up to 3 months.

How long does it take peanut brittle to harden?

Peanut brittle can take 20-30 minutes to harden fully.

How do you fix candy that didn’t Harden?

Humidity is the enemy of hard candy. It will turn it into hard, sticky, goo. I’d try sealing a few pieces in an air-tight container along with some dry rice (or better, silica gel packets) and see if that works better. Instead of powdered sugar, try dusting the candies with a tiny bit of cornstarch.

How long does it take for homemade hard candy to harden?

Mix the ingredients together, and boil to reach 300 degrees F. Remove from heat and let it cool just until bubbles stop breaking at the surface and pour it onto a baking sheet (lined with foil and non-stick spray). Once it has completely cooled and hardened (about 30-45 minutes), you can break it apart and eat!

How long does glass candy take to harden?

Another way to tell is to drop a spoonful of it into a bowl with ice-cold water. It will instantly harden up and you can check out easily it breaks. Don’t be alarmed if it takes awhile. This whole process takes somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes.

Why won’t my candy apples Harden?

The butter separates from the sugar; candy won’t harden:

Sometimes the boiling sugar and water mixture appears to break just before it reaches a temperature stage. If this happens, take it off the heat immediately and stir it gently. You should be able to get it to recombine.