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Pink Peanut Patties Recipe

16 peanut pattie 2Writer Mary O. Parker explores Texas’ fascination with pink peanut patties, those classic truck-stop treats that predate today’s sweet-and-salty candy trend. Here’s a recipe to try at home. You can add a dash of red food coloring if you like the rosy hue, but they’re just as addictive in their natural color. Sugar rush, ahead!

  • 2 ½ cups white sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup (such as Karo)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1-2 T butter
  • dash of salt
  • 3 cups raw peanuts
  • 1 T vanilla extract

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, and peanuts. Bring to a simmer, then a slow boil, and stir to blend. Using a candy thermometer, monitor the mixture until it reaches a temperature between 234 and 240 degrees (soft ball stage). To test, drop a bit of syrup into a glass of cold water; the mixture should form a soft ball when removed from the water.

Immediately stir in the butter, salt, and vanilla (and food coloring if you’re using it), then spoon onto waxed paper to form patties. Allow to cool.

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