Cinnamon Cashew Brittle and Potato Candy

by Russell Smith December. 19, 2018 589 views

Ingredients :

  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1 Cup of Butter (2 sticks)
  • 3 Cups Cashews
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional but makes the Cinnamon more like the red hot candies)

Take the sugar, corn syrup, and water place in a deep pan turn heat on medium . Once the mixture comes to boil put butter into the pan . Stir occasionally. Once the mixtures reaches 230 stir frequently . Once the mixture reaches 280-290 add the cashews stir constantly . Did I mention stir constantly so it does not burn in one spot ? At 300 remove off the heat add the cinnamon , cayenne and stir well then add the baking soda and stir one more time. CAREFULLY pour this molten mix onto a greased cookie sheet . Let cool and then break the slab up into smaller pieces.

Potato Candy the insanely sweet treat .

Ingredient :

  • 1 Medium Potato
  • 4-6 Cups of Powder Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2/3 Cup of Peanut Butter

Peel and slice the potato and boil the potato until a knife pierces it easily. Mash the potato with a potato masher. Add 4 cups of the sugar and the vanilla to the potato and stir . Most likely the mix will be runny . If it is add 1 cup of sugar at a time until the mix resembles cookie dough . Then flatten the dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick . Spread the peanut butter over the dough and roll up . Place in the fridge to harden and set . Slice into 1/2 inch pieces . I place on a tray cut side down and refrigerate for an hour or two then wrap it tightly .

This is a very sweet candy but it is good .

Chocolate Barks are tomorrow so stay tuned.

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Laurie Madsen 2 years, 7 months ago

Peanut brittle photo is tantalizing!

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Bethany Plonski 2 years, 9 months ago

Potato candy just blew my mind. Whoa! And I love the idea to use cayenne pepper with cinnamon.

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 9 months ago

WOW! Potato candy? Never heard of it. It does look delicious but maybe a tad too sweet for me...tons of sugar in that goes straight to the waist :) Photo is very good. I like your brittle recipe sounds easy enough. Coincidentally last night someone offered me a bag of their homemade peanut brittle which was just as thick as yours and quite good. The only difference besides the obvious cashew versus peanut was that they had combined some dark chocolate with some ghost pepper powder and drizzled it on top. Talk about a burst of sweet, salty, spicy flavor, it was yum!
Btw is potato candy a southern delicacy?

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 9 months ago

I think potato candy is a Penn. regional sweet. I know first time I had it was in the eastern panhandle of WV. It is sweet and really one piece is all that is needed to cure a sweet tooth lol. The peanut brittle you mentioned sounds like something my daughter and I would love. Two main things with brittle is have everything measured out ahead of time and I have discovered by error and trial is pour it as thin as you can but do not spread it with a spatula (kills the air bubbles) .

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 9 months ago

And you just taught me something new. smile

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 9 months ago

You make the spring off the screen very cool zoom, now can you send them to my stomach...LOL

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 9 months ago

I am hoping for a macro lens for Christmas this will help me with the framing I want most of the time.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

You better open a candy store smile

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 9 months ago

Hmmmm . I think if I were to do that I would end up hating candy lol.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

WOW! Great looking presentation and mouth watering images! Thanks for the details for making these, as well!

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 9 months ago

:) Thank you .

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 9 months ago

Always a pleasure, Russell!
Best wishes for a healthy, safe, joyous & prosperous New Year

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman 2 years, 9 months ago

I’m having good luck with candy this year. The cinnamon cashew brittle looks yummy. Might try it. The potato candy look interesting. We live in Idaho, the potato state, so probably should try that one as well. Thanks.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 years, 9 months ago

The Brittle is delicious a bit like a red hot candy but buttery and the cashews . When I was younger I would make different flavors using the flavored oils (for candy making) . Like Coconut macadamia nuts as an example. I find it fun to take a recipe and bend it to see what else can become of it .
Brittle is one candy I mostly have success with but all of  these sweets are a venture out into the realm of discomfort for me.
The potato candy I need to roll it tighter and or smaller next time . I was having issues with it sticking. I think for a point of reference something a bit bigger than a peppermint candy round is the ideal size. That way it is not as much sweet at one time.  Idaho is the state we are hoping that we can move out to in about 18 months . For some reason Charleston was in the cards first .

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