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January 25, 2018

Love you to Pieces | Cashew Brittle Valentine's Gift

I came across this idea for the holidays (after seeing inspiration in an old Martha Stewart), bought the mini hammers for the store, then thought of the phrase "love you to pieces" and knew I had to save it for a Valentines idea.  I think it is a completely darling idea.

I'm note an experienced candy maker, but have made this twice and it came out easily each time.  Try it!  It is also fun to actually break up and give in cello bags with the same tag.  If you're making it to enjoy at home - we like to crumble ours over banana cream or chocolate pie.  Yum.

Cashew Brittle

2 cups of sugar
1 cup of light corn syrup
1/2 cup of water
2 sticks of butter
2 cups of nuts (cashews)
1 teaspoon of baking soda

In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a full boil (8 to 12 minutes).

Add butter; continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reaches 280°F or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a hard but pliable strand (30 to 40 minutes).

Stir in cashews.  Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until candy thermometer reaches 305°F or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a hard brittle strand (15 to 17 minutes).

Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Immediately pour mixture onto the parchment baking sheet; spread evenly - work quickly. Cool.

It hardens so quickly.

I wrapped it in plastic seran wrap first - very tightly with the seams on the bottom so the top stayed pretty and smooth.

I used the 1 1/2" Papaya Satin Ribbon + Heart Tags for packaging.

Let me know if you decide to make this!  I think it would be the perfect thing to bring to a party or to the office - fun conversion starter... and aggression relief : )

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