Well over 50 years ago my mother (Helen M) acquired a peanut brittle recipe that is the best one ever hands down!! She was given the recipe by one of the older ladies in the church (Margret Eddy) after mom had assisted in the making of batch after batch for the church bazaar. Something they did together for a number of years.
Mom continued to make this peanut brittle each year for friends and family. On occasion she would pass on the recipe to those that asked for it but after just a few years she quit passing it along because the process is unique and the people that would try could not perfect the method and in one case burned their counter top and blamed mother, maybe in an off hand manner but mom took it to heart.
From then on mom would only give the recipe to people that would “apprentice” with her when she made it. NO ONE took her up on that condition saying “Oh you will be around to make it for me”. No one that is until mom moved to Florida and began providing the peanut brittle to family and my co-workers each year…she continued for the rest of her life.
As the years went by one lady Joyce, wanted to learn how to make the brittle and I having never learned myself took lessons too. For 5 years we made peanut brittle with mom every fall (the only low humidity days) for the Thanksgiving holidays and Christmas.
This one of the last pictures taken with mom there for the event 2014… by 2015 she was just watching and giving advice. Joyce and I did the cooking, while my sister Jean took pictures.
2016 was the first time we made peanut and cashew brittle without mother; we did it in her home with a toast in moms' memory! The day we were making the brittle a couple called at the last minute wanting to view the house as it was on the market for sale. We told them we were in the process of making candy and could not leave the house… That couple ended up buying the house, as the lady said, “The house smelled so good it was like coming home”.
It is almost time to made this years brittle, and first doing so in my house. Each year we will drink a toast to mom!