Jelly Bean Brittle
1 1/2 cups miniature jelly beans
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons real butter
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Coat foil with nonstick
cooking spray. Spread the jelly beans evenly over the foil.
In a very large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Bring to a
boil over medium heat, without stirring, boil for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the
syrup begins to turn golden and reaches the hard crack stage (see Note). Remove
from the heat and immediately stir in the butter, baking soda, and salt (the
mixture will foam). Continue stirring for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the mixture
is shiny. Pour over the jelly beans and spread quickly with a spatula that has
been coated with nonstick cooking spray. Allow to cool completely, then invert
onto a clean work surface. Remove the foil, then break into bite-size pieces.
Serve, or store in an airtight container.
NOTE: To determine the hard crack stage, drop a bit of the mixture from a
teaspoon into a glass of cold water. If it hardens and forms strands in the
water, then it has reached the hard crack stage. If not, continue to cook the
mixture, then test it again after a bit.