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Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Brittle:

“Brittle” is a type of confection consisting of flat, broken pieces of hard sugar candy.

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 Peanut brittle made with corn syrups & nuts began appearing in cookbooks around the 19th century.

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Because we find peanut brittle recipes most commonly in American cookbooks, it is generally recognized as an American recipe.

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The history of peanut brittle is tied to Tony Beaver, a lumberjack folk hero. In the story, Tony Beaver creates peanut brittle when he stops a flood using peanuts and molasses.

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According to the history of peanut brittle candy, brittle was probably the first candy ever made.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1838 The first state temperance law was passed in Tennessee.
  • 1875 The first battery-powered dentist’s drill was patented by George F Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • 1932  RIP William Wrigley, Jr. He started  Juicy Fruit chewing gum in 1893, & later Wrigley’s Spearmint. Wrigley’s boson became the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.
  • 2007 RIP  Sharon Tyler Herbst  Author of ‘ The Food Lover’s Companion,’ ‘The Joy of Cookies,’ & many more food related books.