Edible Chemistry From the Microwave!

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Introduction: Edible Chemistry From the Microwave!

About: I'm a teen aged geek living in Nova Scotia, Canada. I feel safe giving this information because I live near another Shane Dulong. Normally I'm not very trusting of the internet especially due to the fact I f...

With this instructable you can do some semi-complex chemistry in your very own kitchen with this simple recipe MICROWAVE Peanut Brittle. It's delicious, simple, and educational! If you don't like learning, ignore the science part, because this is fun and DELICIOUS!

Warning: WILL CONTAIN NUTS! (duh!)

Step 1: Ingredients

You Will Need:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup (preferably light)
1 cup raw peanuts
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda

Step 2: Step 2

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, peanuts, and salt in a 2 quart microwavable bowl. Sorry, no picture of adding salt.

Step 3: Step 3

Microwave this on high for 8 minutes. Take it out half way through (4 minutes) to stir and put it back, stirring afterwords. Add butter.

Step 4: Step 4

Microwave again for 2 minutes (on High) and add the baking soda and vanilla. Stir until light and foamy.

Step 5: Step 5

Spread you mixture on a BUTTERED Cookie sheet as thinly as you can. Be sure to soak your bowl in warm (and preferably soapy) water to make it easier to clean.

The Science: The baking soda reacts with the other ingredients to harden it.

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    23 Discussions

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    Ms.Packers
    Ms.Packers

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    yes eventhought it is fun it is really danourouse

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    Kiteman
    Kiteman

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Does it have to be corn syrup? Would golden syrup be a suitable substitute?

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    jrh065
    jrh065

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I'll bet any syrup will do so long as the water content is low enough. Either way you should be able to cook the water out.

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    wiredcur
    wiredcur

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    One effect the corn syrup has which the golden syrup may or may not have is to help keep the sugar crystals dissolved and make the candy smoother.

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    Lithium Rain
    Lithium Rain

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Hmm, what do I know, but I'm guessing sugar water, boiled down to make a sticky syrup, might work just as well.

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    imshanedulong
    imshanedulong

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 3

    It could be you have a more powerful microwave!

    not much science, but looks good! can't wait to try it. oh yeah, how long does it take to cool?

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    imshanedulong
    imshanedulong

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I just left it in the fridge for an hour or two!

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    hacedor
    hacedor

    11 years ago on Introduction

    This stuff is super good. I have made it before and was thinking of posting it when I figured out it was already posted.

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    Kaiven
    Kaiven

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    is this peanut brittle?

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    Kaiven
    Kaiven

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    What is in peanut brittle besides peanuts?