Sometimes the universe works in the strangest ways. There are times when the most unlikely pairings come together, perform the horizontal mambo and create a soup of DNA that is superior to each individual’s genetic contribution. I give you the Schnoodle. This adorable dog is the hypoallergenic offspring of a schnauzer and a poodle. Perfect for the allergic dog owner. Or how about thick rimmed nerdy glasses, a la Buddy Holly, with a plunging neckline? Scarlett Johansson and other women have pulled it off and now it’s a fashion trend. So all you blind fashion plates can proudly wear your glasses again and see things you haven’t seen in years because you were too vain to wear those clunky glasses. Now take a look at Paris Jackson, the adorable daughter of Michael Jackson (he looked good before he went under the knife a hundred times) and Debbie Rowe. Okay, I don’t really have a point with that one other than the two of them created something better than each one singularly. But how about this unusual coupling – peanuts and bacon?
Drum roll please…..I give you bacon peanut brittle!
Yes, I know, everything is better with bacon. But I didn’t think it was possible to improve on the classic peanut brittle recipe. You’ve got salt, sweet and crunch all rolled up into one perfect little bite size package (a hormonal woman’s best friend…as well as 9 out of 10 dentist’s surveyed). But when you bring that pork fat/smoky bacon (ok and some more salt) and throw it into the mix you’ve got a ménage à trois that can not be kept under wraps.
Some people would call this pig candy. I suppose you could, because it is candy with pig in it, but technically speaking pig candy is brown sugar coated pieces of bacon (also a delightful treat, but not quite what you’d expect in box of Christmas candy). No, this bacon peanut brittle recipe is the real deal. I mean it’s a real peanut brittle recipe with the addition of bacon to that crunchy goodness.
If you read my previous post for cocoa nib brittle, you’ll probably think that I’ve gone off the deep end and plan on inundating you with brittle recipes. I’m not going to do that, but having sampled some (very expensive, albeit delicious) bacon peanut brittle this past summer, I was inspired to create my own bacon peanut brittle recipe after seeing how easy it was to make the cocoa nib brittle.
So rest assured, you will be getting lots of Christmas candy recipes from me this December. In fact, with the exception of the Friday cocktail recipes, all posts in December will be Christmas candy recipes.
So you’re not sure if you and your significant other are on the same page. Meaning, you just aren’t sure how they really feel about you anymore. According to some recent research, there’s a really easy (you could call it sneaky, but it’s really not) way to figure it out. And you can tell that I’m not talking about hiring a PI or attaching a GPS unit to their car, or hacking their e-mail. If you’re at that point in the relationship, there is no relationship…it’s over.
Did you know that when you and your partner are happy together you tend to talk alike? A similar thing happens when you read a book (immediately after reading your speech will mimic the author’s writing style) or after two people watch a move and as the credits begin to roll you’ll both talk to each other using language from the film. Tell me you didn’t have the worst potty mouth after watching Pulp Fiction.
A recent study has shown that verbal style between couples changes when they are not happy in their relationship. Of course the obvious string of swear words and name calling means the party is probably over, but this refers to more subtle shifts in the language style. So if your partner usually adds in a lot of ‘likes’ and ‘you know’ just like you do, things are all good. If they start speaking like a Harvard professor…your relationship might be over.
Bacon Peanut Brittle Recipe
Makes 1 pound
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 3/4 Cups Water
- 5/6 Cup of Corn Syrup (1/2 cup + 1/3 cup)
- 3/4 Cups Dry Roasted Peanuts
- 3/4 Cups Cooked Chopped Bacon (thick cut uncured smoked bacon)
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Tablespoon Baking Soda
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out 8 pieces of the bacon (do not overlap the pieces).
Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Check on the bacon to make sure it’s browned and crisp. If not, continue baking and checking on it in 5 minute intervals.
When done, remove from oven and lay bacon on a plate that has a double layer of paper towels on it. (You can use the bacon grease left on the pan for other things or let it cool and throw away.)
Once cool, chop the bacon in 1/4″ – 1/2″ pieces.
Attach candy thermometer to saucepan. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring.
Add corn syrup and continue cooking until 239°.
Add peanuts and bacon and cook to 311°, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add salt, butter, and extract. Add baking soda and stir well to incorporate.
Pour mixture onto parchment paper lined pan and spread it evenly.
When cool, break into pieces and enjoy.
Store in an airtight container as soon as it is cool.
*As an option, you can also put a layer of chocolate on top of the bacon peanut brittle. Measure out 1 – 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Chop the chocolate until it is in very small pieces. After you pour and spread the mixture, sprinkle on the chocolate. As it melts, use an offset spatula to spread the chocolate over the brittle. Continue with the remaining steps.