2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 1/2 cups salted peanuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
Measure out nuts, salt, butter and soda and lightly spray 2 cookie pans before starting.
Heat and stir sugar, syrup and 1 cup water in heavy 3 quart saucepan till sugar dissolves. ( I use a stockpot to be sure it doesn't boil over.) Cook over medium heat to soft ball stage (234 on thermometer). Add nuts and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook to hard crack stage (305) stirring often so it doesn't burn. (The color will darken to a deep amber brown.) Remove from heat, quickly stir in butter and soda. Work fast! Mixture will lighten and change texture. Pour immediately into 2 sprayed cookie/sheet pans. Spread quickly with spoon.
Break up when it hardens and cools- 1/2 hour or so. Makes about 1 1/2 lbs.