Butter Rum Almond Brittle Candy Recipe

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Do you like peanut brittle? Well your in for a real treat then! I was stunned how easy this brittle was to make. I have now tried with cashews, macadamia nuts, and pecans, so far the almonds our my favorite next to pecans,  so here's the recipe that made me crave more.  My husband ate this whole batch and has asked me to make it again, he is not a big sweet eater but this one that is so addicting.
 Don't miss trying this one..... If you want something special for any holiday this is it!

1 cup white sugar
1 cup rum
2 cups almonds whole and unsalted
1/4 cup butter

Generously oil a cookie sheet or use parchment paper.

Bring the sugar and rum to boil in a  deep saucepan on high. Cook for 7 1/2 to 14 minutes or longer depending on your stove, the important thing is boiling until candy thermometer reads 234 - degrees F.

Remove from heat and add the almonds, using a wooden spoon and stirring constantly to coat with syrup. The sugar will turn white and grainy looking after about 30 seconds. Return saucepan to high heat.  Watch carefully not to burn and overcook, (nuts may begin to pop so don't put your face too close to the pot as this syrup is extremely hot) keep stirring, do not leave this alone.

When the syrup has turned a rich caramel color, which  that takes only about 2 to 3  minutes, remove from heat, add and stir in butter. Pour on to prepared cookie sheet, spreading out in one single layer, separating any almonds. Cool completely before eating.  See below tips on storing.

A crunchy buttery almond with rum flavoring, a great little snack at adult parties.

Important info for storing the brittle:
Place the brittle to keep it from becoming a gooey mess in a locking lid tight container metal tin or plastic. This will keep it brittle and keep it's snap for us to two weeks.
One other recommendation is to stack your brittle between wax paper so it doesn't stick...

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  1. Oh goodness, this is fabulous! Hubby loves this candy, brittkle is his very fav! Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks awesome and I'm making it soon to try it. Wishing you a great Easter Sunday to you and your family.

  2. I often prepare the crunchy almonds.
    It's a good idea to add rum to make them even more tempting. Bye, have a great day

  3. Nice, these are great to munch on.

  4. Well this recipe looks like it was made for just me. I have a bad habit of getting brittle and then eating the clumps with the nuts and throwing the rest away. I know it is wasteful.
    Your brittle is packed with nuts-yum! Also I love the addition of the rum. I will need to make this whenever I get a brittle craving. Tastier and less waste-thanks Claudia!

  5. I have to make this. My dad made peanut brittle for years and I haven't had it since he died. I am craving some brittle right now.

  6. PS-I forgot in my original comments...Happy Easter!

  7. I've never been much of a candy maker -- this sure is tempting! Have a blessed Easter, Claudia.

  8. Yum! I will have to try this. Love the almonds in it.

  9. I've never seen candied nuts made with booze, but with your husband's endorsement, I'll have to give these a try :) In case I don't get back before Sunday, have a wonderful Easter, my friend! I'm blessed to know you~xo

  10. Any kind of nut brittle was my dad's favorite--and mine--and yours look absolutely lip-smacking!

  11. Sugar, rum, butter and almonds? You don't need to say much more that those words to have my attention!

  12. I love that this has rum in it! So yummy. Happy Easter!

  13. Oh I do love brittle and this looks fabulous!

  14. Oooh, almond brittle! I am so up for it!

  15. I'm so fun of candies, more when are made with dried fruits.

    This special case with almonds is scrumptious :) Yum yum!

    Happy Easter!


  16. oooops instead of fun was fan :)
    Still need to improve my English...

  17. I'm not a huge fan of peanuts, but love almonds--this is a huge improvement on peanut brittle in my opinion!

  18. Oh my gosh, I KNOW I could eat that entire bowl of candy in that photo!

  19. I tried making it,the sugar became clumpy and grainy. Looks like the rum evaporated.. I ruined it.I didn't try to put it back on higj heat. I used medium heat in cooking

  20. Sorry to hear that it didn't turn out good. If the candy thermometer does not reach the right temperature during that boiling stage it will do that. I would try melting it down again with adding more water around 1/2 cup let it boil not stirring until it reaches the correct temperature, that is key to coming out correctly.

  21. Can I add water in the beginning of cooking along with the sugar and rum?

  22. The main result is to hit that crack stage on the thermometer. Whether you use more water or not. I haven't had this issue only once when not using a great quality low priced Rum . When I use Bacardi it comes out perfect everytime not sure why the less expensive ones dont work so well just FYI... good luck


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