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Peanut Brittle

10 servings
cups sugar
cup light corn syrup
4 1/2  cups salted roasted peanuts
teaspoons baking soda
tablespoons butter or margarine
teaspoons vanilla extract

Coat two 17 by 12 by 1 inch baking pans with cooking spray.
In a heavy 5-quart saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and
1/2 cup water. Clip on a candy thermometer. Stirring constantly
with a wooden spoon, bring mixture to a boil over high heat;
stop stirring. Reduce heat to medium; boil until temperature
reaches 230 degrees (thread stage), 5 to 10 minutes. Add peanuts,
stir constantly until mixture reaches 300 degrees (hard-crack stage),
about 25 minutes. Remove from heat and quickly add baking soda,
butter, and vanilla. Stir with wooden spoon just until butter melts.
Pour half the mixture down center of each pan. Mixture will be very
foamy. Use a metal spatula to spread mixture while warm. Let cool at
least 1 hour. Turn our of pan and break into shards.