Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 20 mins
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cups raw shelled peanuts
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Grease a large sheet of aluminum foil with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. In a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, combine corn syrup, sugar and water. Stir well.
Cook until mixture reaches the soft ball stage (235 F) using a candy thermometer. Add peanuts and stir constantly.
Cook until mixture reaches the hard crack stage (300 F). The peanuts might start popping, and you might see a little smoke come off the mixture. Remove from heat as soon as it hits the 300 F mark. It will scorch if you get it too hot.
Quickly add butter, baking soda and vanilla. Baking soda will cause the mixture to lighten and foam. Stir well.
Pour on the prepared aluminum foil. Spread thin and allow to cool completely.
Break into pieces and enjoy.