This peco candy has a name derived from its main ingredients, peanut, and coconut. It has a similar taste to peanut brittle with an addition of coconut flakes.
This sweet treat is so easy to make though the timing is an important key to create the right texture.
I love to present these classic peco candies on a large glass bowl or put them together with my other candy recipes on a party candy tray during our family gatherings.
Ingredients for Peco Candy
2 cups white granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups raw peanuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
How to Make Peco Candy
Dissolve granulated sugar, together with corn syrup and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once dissolved, shift to high heat and bring mixture to a boil until the thermometer reaches 250°F. Add butter and peanuts and make sure not to burn the peanuts by continuous stirring. Bring temperature to 300°F and then remove the mixture from the stove and add the remaining ingredients, vanilla, baking soda, and then flaked coconut. Mix until well combined and then pour the mixture in a greased jelly roll pan. Let the mixture spread on its own, cool it thoroughly, and then break it into pieces.
To see the original recipe that inspired this one, check out the recipe for Peco Candy found at Wyse Guide.