Cinnamon Candy Apple Nut Brittle Enjoy classic candy apple flavors at home

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Cinnamon Candy Apple Nut Brittle

For those who might miss our NC State Fair, we stirred up something reminiscent of those iconic candy apples. Our nut brittle will tickle your taste buds with its crunchy texture and candy apple flavor filled with toasty NC pecan pieces, plus a hint of cinnamon! Made in less than 10 minutes in your microwave.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup light corn syrup

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 cup toasted pecan pieces

  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 teaspoons coarse or flaky sea salt, optional


  1. Combine sugar and syrup in an 8-cup glass measuring cup. Microwave on high for 5–6 minutes until it reaches a rolling boil.

  2. Carefully remove and stir in ¼ teaspoon salt, butter, extract, spices and pecans. Microwave 1–2 minutes longer until boiling. Remove and quickly stir in food coloring and soda.

  3. Pour onto greased slab or cookie sheet and spread with back of spoon. Sprinkle with salt.

  4. Let the brittle cool at least 1 hour. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

Variation: Unsalted roasted peanuts or other nuts can be substituted for the pecans.

Tip: Best not to make this (or most candy) on humid days. You may end up with chewy rather than crunchy brittle.

Cinnamon Candy Apple Nut Brittle

Fair Game

Looking for more Fair food? Try our Country Ham Lollipups with molasses mustard: corn dog-style country ham that will make you feel like you're atop the ferris wheel!

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Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist and blogger, chats about goodness around NC on her blog at

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