"The tradition of Italian cooking is that of the matriarch. This is the cooking of grandma. She didn't waste time thinking too much about the celery. She got the best celery she could and then she dealt with it."--Mario Batali
1/2 c. water 2 c. sugar 1 c. white corn syrup 2 c. raw peanuts 2 scant tsp. baking soda 2 T. butter 1 tsp. vanilla
Bring water, sugar and corn syrup to a boil. Continue boiling until mixture reaches hard ball stage (260º). Add peanuts and continue to cook on low heat until mixture turns light brown. Add soda, butter and vanilla; stir rapidly and pour on buttered cookie sheet. When cool, break in pieces and store in airtight container.
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