Christmas is Coming...
Amy A, Amy M, and I are so excited for Christmas! So, we vow to get as many Christmas posts on the blog as we can. I’ve already got a start for us with the 12 Days of Christmas Advent Candles (under Crafting), now we need some FOOD! I’m going to start us off with a little something we lovingly refer to as Bugle Brittle. It’s basically Bugle chips covered in a sugary, buttery coating, and I’ve never met a person who didn’t LOVE it. Special thanks to my sis-in-law, Julie, who got me addicted to this junk and was willing to share the recipe with all of you.
What you need:
- One 17 oz bag of bugles
- 2 Sticks or 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons light Karo syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- candy thermometer (optional)
*This recipe is easily doubled or tripled, just make sure you use a bigger or your biggest pot.
Empty your chips into a large bowl and lay out foil for letting the chips cool on when it’s done. You want to have all of this ready to go because you’re basically making a candy coating and every second counts when you are dealing with the temperature of sugar.
In a large pot melt the butter. Once butter is melted add all the rest of the ingredients and bring to a roaring boil. Stick your thermometer in and bring the temperature up to firm ball stage (244-248 degrees), stirring frequently. It takes about 10 minutes to reach the right temp.
So, you don’t have a candy thermometer? I have made this recipe without one. The trick is to check the mixture’s texture every once in a while by using the cold water test. Keep a clean small glass of cool water by you. Take a drop of mixture and drop it into the glass. While it's in the water use your fingers to form it into a ball. Pull the ball out, it should be like caramel, holds its shape but is soft and pliable. It takes around 10 minutes to get it to the right temp, so set a timer for 5 minutes and start checking every minute after that.
As soon as you’ve reached hard ball stage pour the mixture over the bugles and stir to coat. Dump the coated bugles onto the foil and use your spoon to separate it out. You don't want it to cool in big clumps of bugles, it's hard to eat and hard to break apart.
The next step is the most important...take the Bugle Brittle, put it in your mouth, and enjoy!