Cashew Coconut Brittle
Cashew Coconut Brittle: Really delicious brittle recipe, perfect gift idea, can also substitute any other nut.
Homemade Candy for Gift Giving
I thought it would be fun to make a few different kinds of candy this year for gift giving. I always make an amazing butternut crunch toffee recipe here …so perhaps I was a little over confident. A few weeks ago I tried to make homemade sponge toffee…it was quite the adventure. Perseverance paid off and it turned out great…eventually.
Cashew Coconut Brittle
So this week’s Cashew Coconut Brittle was approached with much more caution. I’m happy to report it came out great on the first attempt. In fact we can’t seem to stop eating it. So I can highly recommend this one.
I made it lots of time with peanuts, and it’s very good. But this combo, of coconut and cashews is AMAZING, worth the effort, and should secure the praise and admiration of your friends and family. (Oversell? Well, let’s just say this coconut cashew brittle really good then.)
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Cashew Coconut Brittle
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup cold water
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/4 cup cashews
- 1 1/4 coconut
- (or replace the cashews and coconut for 2 1/2 cups total of another nut or combination of nuts)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- cooking oil spray
- Spray a 9 x 13 baking tray with cooking spray, and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt.
- Bring to a boil over a med.-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
- Cook, swirling occasionally, until the mixtures reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, brushing the sides of the pan down with a pastry brush dipped in a cup water, occasionally to prevent re-crystallization.
- When the temperature reaches 238 degrees, mix in the coconut and cashews, and stir frequently to combine cashews and coconut and to prevent the nuts from burning, cooking until the mixture turns to a golden amber colour.
- Add the vanilla and baking soda to the mixture and stir to combine, it may foam up slightly.
- Quickly spread onto the baking sheet, using a spatula sprayed with cooking oil to smooth it.
- Let the brittle cool completely, then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g
I just love the cashew flavors with the intense coconut flavor. You can use roasted or raw cashews in this recipe, whichever is your preference.
I packaged some up for gift giving in a sweet little tin.
Try Some Other Nuts
With the success of this batch I’m tempted to try some other nuts, and different flavor variation. Feel free to play around or even go with the classic peanuts. It’s as simple as swapping out the 2 1/2 cups total (I did 1 1/4 cashews and 1 1/4 coconut here) with any nut of your choice.
With homemade Cashew Coconut Brittle, life really is a party!
More Christmas Gift Ideas
Now it’s time for some more DIY Christmas gift ideas from my Canadian blogging friends. Get ready for some wonderful handmade gift inspiration for your holidays!
From the top, they are:
DIY Maple Candle (A Roots Knockoff) from Vin’yet Etc.
Homemade Candied Citrus Peel from Personally Andrea
Hand Lettered Ornaments from Lemon Thistle
Christmas Breakfast Gift Basket from Craftberry Bush
Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar from Sustain My Craft Habit
Cashew Coconut Brittle from Life Is A Party
DIY Serving Tray for the Coffee Lover from DIY Passion
DIY Cookie Cutters from PMQ For Two
Christmas Cupcake in a Jar from The DIY Mommy
DIY Growler Carrier With Dry Erase Label from Hello Creative Family
DIY Wood Slice Ornaments from The Sweetest Digs
Galvanized Letter Tree from New House New Home
DIY Animal Bookends from Lifeovereasy
Industrial Watch Holder from Love Create Celebrate
DIY Gifts for the New Mom from Fresh Crush
Two of our favourite ingredients -I know what I’m making this year
Yummy! My mouth is watering already! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It’s easier than I guessed – I’ve never tried a brittle before.
Heather, oh that’s exciting, I’m sure it will turn out great. Enjoy.
This sounds amazing. I love giving homemade foodie gifts at Christmas! (Did I mention on your last post…I really need a candy thermometer!!!)
I hope Santa puts one in your stocking Andrea, if you don’t get one sooner, lol.
Yum! Cashews are one of my favourite nuts so I’m loving this twist on the traditional brittle! Oh and your pics are seriously stunning!
The amount of water is not listed in the ingredients. Thanks.
Thanks Rachel, sorry I forgot it, all fixed up now.
This looks SO yummy Dannyelle! One day I’ll be a baker… I love the result so much but just don’t have the patience!
The thing I love about learning to bake is, if it doesn’t turn out perfectly the first time, you just eat the evidence and try again. 😉