Salty bacon and nutty cashews are added to a buttery brittle for a delicious and different candy.
This post has been sponsored by Jones Dairy
So when I sat down to think about what to make for this week of sweets, I knew I had to throw in at least one recipe that was more “manly”. Something less frilly, and something my husband would love.
Enter Cashew Bacon Brittle.
If you think that nut brittles are just for the holidays, I would like to prove you wrong. Because I’m pretty sure there are quite a few guys who would go a little crazy over this for Valentine’s Day. And who am I kidding – I bet the girls would go just as crazy!!
Sweet and salty is my favorite flavor combination, and this brittle has definitely got that going on. I used my all-time very favorite bacon for this – the Cherry Hardwood Smoked Bacon from Jones Dairy. Seriously – that bacon is amazing. As good as it is on it’s own, combine that with some cashews and sweet brittle – it really is a match made in heaven.
I even had the thought to do some chocolate dipped. Yeah. Totally trying that next time.
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- 8 oz Jones bacon
- ½ sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ cup water
- 1 cup salted cashews
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Chop the bacon and cook until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 250F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and butter the foil. Place in the oven while you make the brittle.
- In a large saucepan (at least 2 quarts), stir together the sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil. Place a candy thermometer into the mixture and cook, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches 290F. Stir bacon pieces and the cashews and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 300F.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and baking soda. (It will foam up - be careful!) Stir just until combined, then remove the prepared pan from the oven and pour the mixture onto the pan. Use 2 forks to lift and pull the brittle out until thin.
- Let cool completely before breaking into pieces and serving.
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