Homemade Brittle Recipe

Familiar with brittle? Brittle is a beloved candy that is made from some sort of nuts and melted sugar.  It is then left to harden and can easily be broken into pieces and eaten. Brittle is also a very versatile candy, as you can use all types of nuts, seeds, granola, chocolate, etc to put in the brittle.

Brittle is also simple to make because all of the ingredients are shelf-stable and tend to be pantry staples as well, so you always have the ingredients on hand. The corn syrup is the binder in this recipe for the sugar, butter and nut add-ins.

Here are the ingredients that you need in order to make a brittle:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt (if your nuts are unsalted)
  • ¾ cup toasted nuts, nibs, seeds, granola, etc


Here are the instructions for making homemade brittle:

First, you need to grease the baking sheet that you will use. Then, in a medium, heavy-bottom saucepan, combine all of the sugar, butter, corn syrup and water together.

Over medium-high heat, with a heat-safe spatula or wooden spoon, stir while cooking the mixture until it turns a dark amber color. This should take about ten minutes, but don’t walk away from the mixture.

Remove from heat and carefully whisk in all of the baking soda, followed by the salt. At this point, the caramel will rise and bubble. Now is the time to move quickly, by folding in the nuts/seeds or whatever you choose to put in the brittle, and then pouring the brittle mixture onto the baking sheet.

Also, use the back of the spoon or spatula to spread out the mixture on the baking sheet until it’s 1/2 inch thick. Then, let it cool completely before breaking into bite-size pieces using a rolling pin.