Sweet Heat

When I received the new Cooking Light magazine, the first thing I knew I was going to make from it was the Chipotle Peanut Brittle.

At the food co-op where I love to shop they have this nut brittle that is spiced with chili. I don’t usually buy it but I have had it and it is delish! I wish I could tell you the name of the company that makes this but I can’t. BUT, I can tell you that you can make it yourself and its not hard!

This was my very first ever attempt at making peanut brittle and I have to say that I was pretty successful considering the thermometer got way too hot before I knew it. I’m SO lucky! I contemplated whether I was going to toss the syrup out or toss the peanuts in when I decided, what the heck and just tossed the peanuts in. I believe my thermometer went well over 300 degrees.

Chipotle Peanut Brittle
Cooking Light, May 2009

Cooking spray
1 cup sugar
1 cup light-colored corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1 (11.5 ounce) container salted, dry roasted peanuts
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray.

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook 18 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 275 degrees, stirring frequently. (This was where I messed up but it didn’t seem to make much of a difference – either that or my candy thermometer was inaccurate!) Add peanuts; cook 3 minutes or until a candy thermometer register 295 degrees, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and chile powder. The baking soda will cause the mixture to bubble and become opaque.

Quickly ppour mixture onto prepared pan; cover with a sheet of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, quicly roll mixture to an even thickness. Discard top parchment sheet. Cool mixture completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 28 servings (serving size 1 ounce)

Calories 133, Fat 6.2g, Fiber 1 g., Sodium 173 mg
WW Points: 3 points per 1 ounce serving


  1. says

    We really enjoy peanut brittle. I can only imagine that the kicked up version brings it to new heights! Good find. Thank you for sharing.

  2. says

    that brittle looks delicious! I’ve never made brittle before, but just got a candy thermometer so maybe I’ll give it a try!

  3. says

    Yes! I saw this one and wanted to make it, but my husband didn’t seem that interested. The WW points aren’t bad. I think I’ll give it a try and share some, too! Looks amazing!

  4. says

    Anything chipotle is good…including sweets. I have to say, I always blanch at making candy, but you make it sound so easy! I will have to give it a shot, because this looks too good to miss.

  5. says

    Spicy sweet is the way to go! I always have to assume that whenever a recipe calls for peanuts, I can substitute another nut so I’d love to try this with my current fave – cashews! 😎

  6. says

    I’ve actually never had brittle, but it looks really good! We don’t have chipotle chili powder over here, do you think I could use regular chili powder instead?

  7. says

    I was flipping through Cooking Light at a bookstore the other day and flipped to this recipe – it looked so, so good. Glad to see that it turned out spectacularly for you – and now I have the recipe!

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