Are you looking for the perfect (last minute) gift for the beer enthusiast on your list? Here are a few fun ideas and a great recipe for homemade Chili Beer Brittle. I think the darker the beer the better, but you could try this with light beer and use all white sugar. I made this particular batch with a brown ale. If you are still looking for more to add to the gift, here is a link to a great wall mounted bottle opener, throw in a specialty beer 6 pack, maybe some beer glasses and you have a gift that every holiday host will appreciate!
Chili Beer Brittle
- 2 bottles dark brown beer (pre-boiled ahead of time and reduce to 2 cups)
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups light corn syrup
- 2 cups dark brown sugar
- 2 cups sugar, granulated
- 5 cups peanuts, salted roasted
- 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1.5 Tbsp baking soda
Spray a jelly roll pan with pan spray and set aside. In a small bowl, measure baking soda and chili powder. In another small bowl, measure the vanilla extract and set aside. In another large bowl, measure peanuts, set aside. In a heavy bottomed pot over high heat, bring beer, water, corn syrup and sugars to a boil. Stir constantly in the beginning because the beer has a tendency to make the mixture foam up. Drop heat to medium-high and let boil, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reaches 295 degrees. (about 40-45 minutes) Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla, baking soda and spices. Stir well, mixture will start to foam up. Quickly, fold in peanuts and spread into prepared pan. Let cool to room temperatures and break into pieces. Enjoy!