Texas Peanut Patties Are The Crunchy Old-School Treat To Make As Soon As Possible

The easiest six-ingredient candy to celebrate.

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The South has forever been abundant in farmlands rolling with peaches, pecans, watermelon, and okra—but no crop might be quite so Southern as the humble peanut. If there was a designated Peanut Country, we'd be smack in the middle of it, with nearly 45 percent of peanuts grown in Georgia and the remainder throughout the South, particularly in Alabama and Texas.

Peanut Patties
Courtesy Texas Tea Cake Company

So it comes to no surprise that some of the South's most old-fashioned candies found in roadside stores, as well as your grandmother's kitchen, chose the beloved peanut as the star of the sugary show. Seriously, Southerners can't get enough of them—peanut brittle, Goo Goo Clusters, peanut chews, Chick-O-Sticks®, and one of our personal favorites: a lesser-known candy called Peanut Patties made popular thanks to a candy company in Tyler, Texas.

Similar to peanut brittle, but with a slightly chewier texture underneath the hard caramelized shell (especially when homemade), Peanut Patties are made with simple ingredients like light corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and evaporated milk; and they are the most popular candy product made by small-town confection company Tyler Candy (located, you guessed it, in Tyler, Texas), which started in 1941 and still uses the peanut patty-making machine patented by the founder.

Tyler Peanut Patties
Tyler Candy

When seeing the sweet, nutty patty in person for the first time, you'll wonder why it is not brown, but actually a pinkish-red color—that comes from cooking down the peanut skins in the sugar-corn syrup mixture, though some Southern cooks have been known to add a drop or two of food coloring to further enhance the trademark shade. (If the South's beloved pastel gelatin salads don't already make it clear, we don't judge.)

And while Tyler Candy is the most well-known maker of the candy—you can shop their peanut patties on their website and on Amazon—the old-fashioned Peanut Patty has been kept on drugstore counters and general store shelves across the South for decades now, before becoming a favorite of those who love making authentic Southern candies to serve and gift during the holiday season. (Texas Tea Cake Company uses beet juice instead of red food coloring for those who prefer something naturally colored. Shop them here.)

Brittle lovers won't be able to get enough of this unique take on the old-school nut candy, so might as well make a double batch.

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