Some might consider peanut brittle the only game of brittle in town, but this hard confection actually can come in an array of recipes. In addition to the standard Peanut Brittle recipe, try concoctions such as Buttery Cashew Brittle, Mixed-Nut Brittle, and Orange-Coconut Brittle.See Popular Brittle Recipes
Cashews replace the traditional peanuts in this candy recipe. Other flavorful substitutions are almonds and macadamia nuts.
Only real butter will do in this classic peanut brittle. It's the key to crackly texture and buttery flavor of this all-time-favorite Christmas candy recipe.
A perfect make-ahead treat to have around the house during the holidays.
Dark or semi-sweet chocolate form the base of this dessert while pretzels and chocolate-covered raisins give it the perfect dash of salt.
Enjoy or gift this easy salted caramel bark with cashews. Sprinkle on the salt when the chocolate is almost set to make sure the salt doesn't liquefy.
Treat your guests to the flavors of this campfire favorite in the form of a delightful holiday bark.
A Christmas favorite, this crunchy candy of nuts and caramelized sugar is ready in 15 minutes when cooked in the microwave.
The Vietnamese love drinking superstrong iced coffee combined with copious amounts of sweetened condensed milk. Joanne Chang created this simple ice cream sundae as a way to enjoy the same flavors. Shards of peanut brittle made with a generous pinch of cinnamon add great flavor and crunch.
Somewhere, Homer Simpson is salivating upon receiving word that the trend of mixing beer and sweets is on the rise. Mmm...Beer candy. The Wall Street Journal reports treats such as beer-and-pretzel truffles, stout caramel bars and beer brittle are taking a gulp out of the confection market in an effort to get more men to shell out as much for beer-infused marshmallows and hard candy "Hopdrops" as they do for craft beers (Dean & DeLuca's Roni-Sue's black-stout and India Pale Ale caramels sell for $16.95, according to the newspaper).
Christmas cookies take center-stage this time of year, but when we say "cookies," most of us mean so much more. In fact, as much as I love holiday gingerbread men and sugar cookies, I would be completely disappointed if the treat table didn't include a single bona fide Christmas cookie ... so long as there's plenty of other Christmas goodies.
The perfect Thanksgiving meal would certainly revolve around a nice brined turkey and definitely include some wonderful side dishes, maybe apple-cranberry stuffing or a mix of sweet potatoes and candied pecans. It would almost surely finish with, if not the perfect pumpkin pie (watch this video to learn how to make one), something like mincemeat pie (or is that Christmas?).
Poor Linus. Every Halloween, my favorite Peanuts character waited fruitlessly in a lonely pumpkin patch for the arrival of the Great Pumpkin. If only he knew that he need but go to the nearest bakery, grocery store or coffee shop, he could get his fill of pumpkins all October long.
No doubt we've become sort of addicted to the thick, rich creaminess that is Greek yogurt, which now makes up a substantial part of our breakfast routine ever since it became "the next big thing." But why stop eating such healthy deliciousness just because it's past noon? With an ingredient this good, it's no surprise that some of our favorite food bloggers have found any number of ingenious ways to extend our enjoyment of Greek yogurt far beyond the a.m.
If you've ever read a cookbook by, well, just about any well-known chef, they you've no doubt come to the section where they practically exhaust the language of poetry in extolling the wonder of fresh herbs -- "heavenly," "sublime," "incomparable," etc. etc. But what about dried herbs, jars of which most of us dutifully keep in our cupboards?
You can keep the figgy pudding and the fruitcakes, but Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without peppermint. Whether you go traditional with candy canes or enjoy peppermint in other goodies, the fresh, cool flavor of this treat is a holiday must-have. Peppermint has been a Christmastime indulgence since the 19th century, when Europeans started the tradition of decorating their Christmas trees with peppermint sticks.
Ask my kids what the best thing about Christmas is, and they're sure to say the presents. However, for me, this time of year is all about the treats. From tins of cookies to candy canes and homemade fudge, there's always something sweet to savor during the holidays. Ideally, of course, these treats appear in gift baskets or on friends' tables, but sometimes we have to buckle down and make them ourselves.