Have you ever noticed someone tasting wine? They swirl it in the glass. They smell the bouquet. They sip it slowly and savor it. Foodies do the same kind of thing with their meals. They pay attention to the flavors and enjoy the experience. The average, every day people don’t tend to do that. We get caught up in munching while watching TV, snarfing lunch while at our desks.
How many times have you looked up from email to notice lunch was gone? Or reached for a chip and hit the bottom of the bag? (Raising my hand here.) Did it taste good or do you not even remember? When enjoying meals and treats now, I really make an effort to pay attention to how it tastes. If I don’t like it, I don’t eat it just because.
I savor my treats slowly so I taste and have fun with them instead of inhaling them and wanting more because I didn’t taste them the first time. I play with flavor combinations and have fun with spices, flavors and herbs. When you punch up the flavors, you get that excitement with your meals and you don’t miss out on calories, fats, or sugar.
With big flavors, you can often use less for the same amount of fun. Little things make a difference. I made peanut brittle and kicked up the notch a little bit with peppery spice. You don’t need a lot to satisfy your sweet tooth with this.
Spicy Peanut Brittle
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup (64g) granulated sugar
- 4 tsp water
- 1/4 cup (28g) dry roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp chipotle pepper
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine the corn syrup, sugar, and water in a small pot and heat over medium heat. As soon as it boils, stir in the peanuts and peppers. Keep heating over medium heat without stirring until the mixture reaches 305 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. The mixture will bubble and foam slightly. Spread in a thin layer on the prepared baking sheet. Cool completely and break into pieces.
Calories for the entire batch are approximately 774 calories – 7g protein, 155g carbs, and 14g fat. Calories per serving will vary based on your serving size.
Toss some on ice cream or in yogurt for a little bit of fun. The cool creaminess mixed with the crunchy spicy brittle is perfect!