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Salted Nut Brittle

This salted nut brittle is a combination of sweet and salty and is hands-down the best homemade candy you can make.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Salted Nut Brittle
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 27 minutes
Servings 2 pounds
Author Ali Randall


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups roasted salted cashews
  • Kosher or sea salt


  • Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Have all utensils and ingredients on hand before making the brittle.
  • Over medium high heat, combine the sugar, water, butter and corn syrup.
  • Bring to a boil and continue to stir occasionally for about 10 minutes until the caramel registers on a candy thermometer between 275° and 300°.
  • Do not allow the brittle to register over 300° otherwise it will surpass the hard-crack stage and will be in edible.
  • Working quickly from this point, remove the pot from the heat and slowly stir in the baking soda. The mixture will start to steam and bubble.
  • Immediately stir in the nuts and quickly scrape and spread the brittle using a silicone spatula onto the baking sheet.
  • It’s important to work quickly at this stage because the brittle will cool quickly.
  • Sprinkle the nut brittle with salt.
  • Allow the brittle to cook completely for at least 30 minutes before breaking it into pieces.