The Davenport Soft Peanut Brittle Recipe

4.9 from 14 reviews

This famous Spokane candy is perfect for Christmas gifts, but it’s also a crowd pleaser anytime of year.  



2 c creamy peanut butter

1 1/4 c sugar

1 3/4 c light corn syrup

1/4 c water

2 Tbsp butter

2 c peanuts…raw or roasted

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla


In a double boiler over hot water, place peanut butter to heat while preparing syrup.


In a large saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and 1/4 cup of the water. Cook over high heat to 275 degrees on a candy thermometer. 


Reduce the heat to medium and add butter, stirring until melted.


Add peanuts and cook stirring for about 5 minutes or until candy starts turning brown and reaches 285-300 (see note) degrees on the thermometer. Do not overheat. It will make the candy hard.


Remove from heat, stir in baking soda that has been dissolved in a teaspoon of water.


Add vanilla and stir.


Working quickly, fold in the warmed peanut butter, while stirring gently.


Working quickly, pour candy mixture onto a well greased marble slab or a cookie sheet.


Spread as thinly as possible and cool quickly.


When cold …break into serving size pieces.


I have experimented heating the candy between 285-300 degrees.  I like heating to 300 if it is immediately taken off the heat and cooled.  It hardens quickly if you go over 300 even a little bit.  Most people have had success with the brittle at any temp in between 285-300, but like I said, I prefer closer to 300 degrees.  

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