National Peanut Brittle Day

Supriya Jain
Dec 22, 2023 By Supriya Jain
Originally Published on Feb 18, 2022
Fact-checked by Sudeshna Nag
National Peanut Brittle Day is for you to enjoy peanut brittles with your friends.

Where is National Peanut Brittle Day celebrated?

The National Peanut Brittle Day is celebrated in the United States of America. However, this candy is eaten widely in many parts of the world.

Who is National Peanut Brittle Day celebrated by?

National Peanut Brittle Day is celebrated by kids and adults, families worldwide who love to eat this flat brittle candy with nuts and enjoy the sweetness.

When did National Peanut Brittle Day first start?

There is no specific date as to when this day first started.

Who started National Peanut Brittle Day?

This remains a mystery, but everyone widely enjoyed National Peanut Brittle Day.

Peanut Brittle has a rich history associated with Tony Beaver.

History And Timeline

One of the first candies popular in ancient cultures is peanut brittle. It was a perfect snack to be enjoyed as it provided glucose content.

Sometimes, the origin of peanut brittle is challenging to decide; it is credited to the Irish settlers or to a woman who invented it by mistake. Let us understand a brief history of peanut brittle's origin.

Peanuts In The US

The peanuts reached North America during this time. Only a century later, peanuts became a commercial nut crop in the US.

18th Century

Introduced to the US

The Irish settlers traveled to live in the US. They brought the peanut brittles along with them, and that's how peanut brittle was introduced in the US.


A Sweet Mistake

One legend has it that somewhere in New England, there was a woman who accidentally poured baking soda instead of tartar cream in her taffy mix. She continued cooking and tasted the final product and thus, emerged the recipe of the peanut bar.


The Name Is Penned

Originally, peanut brittle was not known by its name. It derived the name of peanut brittle. The term 'brittle' was first used in the printing of the recipe, and then onwards, peanut brittle was recognized by the name it has today.


The 'Brittle' Novelty

The snake peanut brittle can was invented by Samuel Sorenson Adams. He decided to prank his wife by putting a fake spring snake wrapped in cloth inside a jar of jam. And thus, the snake nut can came to be invented.


Traditions And Customs

In another version of the origin of the peanut brittle, it is believed that the Celts invented it, making it a Celtic dessert. Many families pass down the traditional recipes.

The proportions of sugar, honey, butter, and baking soda or corn syrup are different in various recipes. Sometimes, the peanuts are combined with other nuts or even almonds and sesame seeds.

Ways To Celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day

Celebrate this day by getting a pack of peanut brittle for yourself. The tiny square-shaped candy is a perfect snack.

It is an old candy item that might not be trending for the current generations, but in a world of vegan and gluten-free lifestyles, peanut brittle is a perfect snack to replace other alternatives. You don't always need to wait for the National Peanut Brittle Day to enjoy this candy. It can be enjoyed any other day!

Facts And Stats

  • Apart from this day, other days to celebrate peanuts are National Nut Day, National Peanut Day, or National Peanut Butter Day!
  • On this day, try peanut brittle from other cultures, like the croquant from France or chikki from India.
  • On this day, Australia Day and Indian Republic Day are also celebrated.

Who invented peanut brittle?

The Irish settlers are believed to have invented peanut brittle.

Where did peanut brittle originate?

Peanut brittle was the first candy made in the world. It was common in many countries. The exact origin is difficult to pinpoint.

When was peanut brittle invented?

The exact day the peanut brittle was invented cannot be ascertained. However, in the 19th century, it became prominent in the US. 

What kind of candy is brittle?

Brittle are hard candies made with nuts, sugar, or corn syrup. Peanut brittle can also be replaced with dry fruits and nuts like cashews and sesame seeds, and almonds can be brittle too.

Why did your peanut brittle turn brown?

Peanut brittle can turn brown if you exceed the heating of the mixture, making the caramelized sugar darker. Sometimes the use of brown sugar, molasses, or honey can also make the peanut brittle turn brown.

Why do kids get so excited for National Peanut Brittle Day?

It is a kind of candy that is easy to chew and nutty to eat, which is perfect for kids.

How do families celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day?

Families can make their kids a peanut brittle bar or buy a pack from the shops to celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day.

How can we Observe National Peanut Brittle Day?

You can celebrate this day with your family. Making a peanut brittle bar at your home using corn syrup is easy with the help of an online recipe. 

When Is This Day Celebrated

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Monday, January 25, 2021
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Thursday, January 25, 2024

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Written by Supriya Jain

Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

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Supriya JainBachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

As a skilled member of the Kidadl team, Shruti brings extensive experience and expertise in professional content writing. With a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Punjab University and an MBA in Business Administration from IMT Nagpur, Shruti has worked in diverse roles such as sales intern, content writer, executive trainee, and business development consultant. Her exceptional writing skills cover a wide range of areas, including SOP, SEO, B2B/B2C, and academic content.

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Sudeshna NagMaster of Arts specializing in History

Having earned a Master's degree in History from the Presidency University in Kolkata, Sudeshna was able to refine these skills and broaden her knowledge base. Not only is she an accomplished fact-checker, but she is also deeply invested in gender research, societal interactions, and mental health. Her professional repertoire also includes experience in translation between Bengali and English content

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