My dad is the hardest person to buy for in the world. He has a lot of really cool hobbies, but he always just buys himself what he wants or needs. I guess that’s a good thing actually, since his hobbies are out of my price range! Anyway, it was his birthday yesterday and I went homemade. 🙂
So, I decided a few years ago (when I couldn’t figure out what to get him) that there’s got to be a way to make these little suckers at home. So, I googled it and low and behold, there are a ton of recipes out there. And I’ve been making them ever since. They are tasty!
When you make them at home you know what’s in them. In this case….organic sugar, peanuts and red food coloring. The store bought ones have weird chemicals in them and I think you can taste it. I looked up a few brands just now and checked out the ingredients. They include corn syrup (shock), artificial flavors (whatever that means), gum arabic (what?) and a ton of other things.
I’ve made them without the food coloring (to cut back on weird chemicals) and they taste identical, but they just didn’t look nostalgic enough for me. So, I figure if I’m using organic sugar I can use a little bit of red food coloring. 🙂
* Finding raw red redskin peanuts was difficult at first. I found them at Walmart the first few times I made these. But, we since we don’t go to Walmart anymore I had to find other raw red skin peanut providers. Now I know that you can find them in most grocery stores in the bulk isle. (but I’m sure Walmart still has them, they’re in the produce section) 🙂
* Also, while you’re stirring you’ll think the moisture will NEVER evaporate. It only takes about 10 or 15 minutes of stirring and it’ll happen. Just seems like longer. All of a sudden you’ll look into the pan and it will seem more powdery or matte than liquidy. Keep stirring for another minute, then put them in the oven.