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Some trace the his­tory of peanut brit­tle to a re­source­ful South­ern house­wife who, in the late 1800s, added roasted peanuts and bak­ing soda to a failed batch of taffy, cre­at­ing brit­tle in­stead. What­ever its ori­gins are, nut brit­tle be­came a much-loved hol­i­day tra­di­tion, not only for its tempt­ing fla­vor but also for how easy it is to pre­pare, even for a novice can­dy­maker. Brit­tle that’s made with peanuts grew even more pop­u­lar in the 1900s as farm­ers in Vir­ginia and Ge­or­gia in­creased their pro­duc­tion of the nut. We added that other South­ern pow­er­house— pe­cans—to this ver­sion, as well as a hand­ful or two of cashews and whole al­monds for a tasty change of pace.

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