1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 cup of Trader Joe’s blister peanuts
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (feel free to add more)
Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place, and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F, or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.
Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda and cayenne pepper; pour at once onto cookie sheet. With 2 forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 14×12 inches; cool. Snap candy into pieces.