Sugary, salty, crunchy and red—red?!!—yes, that's right, this Texas treat is traditionally tinted with red food coloring and tastes similar to a PayDay® candy bar.
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
3 cups roasted peanuts
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
1/8 teaspoon salt
- Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a full, rolling boil; stir in peanuts.
- Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla, red food coloring (if using) and salt.
- Beat with an electric mixer until stiff.
- Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool.
Makes about 2 dozen confections.