Packaging tip: Any plain gift box with a lid will feel decadently special when you wrap the lid and bottom separately.




  • Butter two large baking sheets; set the baking sheets aside.

  • Butter the sides of a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Add sugar, corn syrup, and water; stir to combine. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until the mixture boils. Clip a candy thermometer to side of the pan. Add the peanuts; cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 280 degree F to 285 degree F (soft-crack stage; about 45 minutes).

  • Remove from heat; remove the thermometer. Quickly sprinkle baking soda and salt over mixture, stirring constantly until foaming subsides.

  • Immediately pour candy onto the prepared baking sheets. Spread as thinly as possible, using greased spoons or two greased forks to pull mixture. Cool.

  • Break candy into pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Makes about 1-3/4 pounds.