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Homemade Holiday Gifts: Cinnamon Peanut Brittle

I have studied herbalism for many years and enjoy using the knowledge that I have gained to create both simple and complex herbal remedies, delicious teas, tisanes and brews, and to make natural skin and hair care products.  I get to share a lot of this knowledge in my weekly column on hellogiggles.com as The 21st Century Herbalist.  Once a week I like to repost the column here, just in case you missed it!

Original publish date: October 11, 2012

s we continue to celebrate the multi-generational traditions of women, I can’t help but think of all of the wonderful recipes that have been passed down through the women in my family.  This time of year always puts me in the mood for peanut brittle but not just any peanut brittle, I look forward to my great-grandmother’s cinnamon peanut brittle.  It’s that little bit of cinnamon that makes this treat feel unique to my family and always makes me nostalgic.

The cinnamon tree is native to India and can now be found in many parts of the world.  The bark has long been used as a delicious flavoring in many types of food but it also has many medicinal benefits too.  This spicy bark is warming and works as a mild, yet effective, digestive aid.  It also has antiviral properties that make it great for fighting infection.

There are so many peanut brittle recipes out there, so feel free to just add a bit of cinnamon to one of your favorites.  If you don’t have a favorite, then I’d love for you to share in my family’s tradition and make the version below.  It makes a yummy treat that can be wrapped up and given as treats to your co-workers, family and friends.

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5 Responses to Homemade Holiday Gifts: Cinnamon Peanut Brittle

  1. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom November 12, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    My hubby loves peanut brittle, I’m wondering if he might like a little cinnamon added to his next time!

    • Katie Glenn November 12, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      It’s a subtle flavor but really yummy. :)

  2. narf77 November 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Remember Alannis Morisette? One of her originals comes to mind when I saw this…”You’ve already won me over…in spite of me”… :) Scrumptious brittle that I can’t resist! Can’t…say…no… ;)

    • Katie Glenn November 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

      Ha! I totally remember that! I’m right there with you, I love brittle…nom, nom, nom. :)

  3. Alli November 15, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    This sounds so delicious. Family recipes are so amazing, they have such an powerful affect on people. They bring people back in time and bring people who are gone to the present. My favorite is my Grammy’s molasses cookies.

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