National Peanut Brittle Day:
Celebrated annually on every January 26th, the National Peanut Brittle Day is observed to appreciate the brittle delight that has become one among the world’s favorite candies! Love enjoying peanuts with some sugary crunch? Grab as many as you like as we dig for more about this pea-nutty delight!
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Why National Peanut Brittle Day?
The peanut brittle is among the most popular classic candies that have a steady fan following even with the ingress of funky new generation candies. This crunchy, brittle, sugar candy balances the sugar rush with tasty peanuts locked into its crystalline structure.
The delectable peanut brittle has many mixed theories of origin. Some sources claim that the peanut brittle took birth in 1890 because an English Woman didn’t get her ingredients right. While she was making taffy, she added baking soda instead of the cream tartar and ended up with a hard peanut bark instead of the stretchy taffy. When she dared to have a bite of this culinary accident, it turned out to be a delight!
Another theory suggests that the peanut brittle is a Celtic confectionery, that was made by sugar-coating peanuts and baking them or by mixing sugar and peanut butter. It is said that this genius candy reached America via the Irish settlers who were on their way to the new world during the 1830s. The Irish folk were known for their culinary skills and traditional recipes. The peanut brittles were a sweet reminder for the homesick Irish folks. As it was easy to grow these peanuts down south, the peanut brittles gained popularity in the new land.
Ingredients like honey, sugar, and molasses were ubiquitous, available to almost all the ancient cultures. Hence various peanut brittle variations are enjoyed by people all around the world. It is known as croquant in France, kotkoti in Bangladesh, palanqueta in Mexico, chikki in India, Huasheng Tang in China, and pasteli in Greece. In few Asian countries, sesame seeds are added to the peanut brittle recipe while in the Middle East the peanuts are substituted by pistachios. In the US they stay loyal to their all-time favorite, protein-packed peanut brittle even when other varieties have come-up.
Peanut brittles are usually made by first heating the sugar-water mixture to 300-degree Fahrenheit, known as the hard crack stage. Salt and corn syrup are added in some recipes during this stage. After the nuts are mixed with the caramelized sugar, ingredients like leavening agents, spices are also added. Leavening agents like baking soda create bubbles in the mixture that confers a porous texture to the candy. The hot mixture is poured on a flat surface such as a granite or marble slab. Then the candy is spread into uniform thickness and is broken into pieces after it cools.
Special apparatus like the candy thermometers are used to prepare peanut brittle as it is an extremely temperature-sensitive preparation.
While the preparation is quite long and technique sensitive, it is only a matter of seconds when it comes to digging into this scrumptious brittle candy. Few unfortunate souls with nut allergies can also indulge in this experience with peanut-less, peanut brittles. Peanut brittle is one candy that has stood the test of time, being one of the most celebrated candies, generation after generation.
How Can We Celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day?
- Bring the Brittle On
Visit your local confectionery shops and get yourself some delightful peanut brittles.
- Share The Joy
Learn the art of peanut-brittle making and share them with your friends and family.
- Customized Peanut Brittle Experience
Try out the Peanut Brittle varieties from various countries.
- Give A Shoutout
Post your favorite peanut brittle recipes and the pictures or videos of your Peanut Brittle Day celebration using the #NationalPeanutBrittleDay and #PeanutBrittleDay
Interesting Facts On National Peanut Brittle Day:
Few Facts Related To National Peanut Brittle Day
- The very first peanut brittle recipe was published in an American Cookbook.
- On a humid day, your peanut brittle preparation is most likely to fail as its shape won’t be sustained.
- According to Southern folklore, a character named Tony Beaver saved the civilians from the flood by dumping molasses and peanuts into the river. Later these ingredients were combined to form the peanut brittle.
- During the civil war, the soldiers survived on protein-packed peanuts.
- Many of the Top-selling candies in the US contain peanut butter or peanuts.
History Of National Brittle Day:
The origin and the creator of this day remain unknown. This day is celebrated as a fun candy holiday across the US!