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I love brittle candy! Anything crunchy and sweet with a hint of burnt sugar goodness is a definite wow factor in my book! So many of you loved my peanut brittle from last Christmas, and I don’t blame you – it’s amazing! Peco candy (I can’t figure out why it’s even named this, maybe peanuts and coconut smashed together in one word?) is very similar to peanut brittle, just with the addition of coconut flakes.

The coconut sounds like a small addition, but texturally and flavor-wise, it makes a huge difference. What really makes this recipe stand out is the air pockets that are created as the caramel mixture hardens. These spaces create the lightness that’s crucial to the addictiveness of the candy.

I can never decide whether I want to only make my grandma’s peanut brittle or this peco candy recipe, so I always tend to make both. To be honest, if I’m going to spend my time anywhere during the Christmas season, it’s probably going to be in the kitchen! And when there are some dirty dishes, what’s the harm in making more, right?!

Golden peco candy with peanuts and flakes of coconut piled high on a white surface with Christmas lights in background

My mom vividly remembers making this while she was growing up. Her mom (my grandma) would always start on the Christmas baking early, and Mom recalls this being one of the first things they’d make. Just like my Mom, I love this peco candy, especially at Christmas. My hope is you will as well!

I’m sure that some of you had a grandma that would whip up a batch of this delicious peco candy. If not, start a new tradition that will last for a few generations!

Watch how to make this peco candy recipe:

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Golden peco candy with peanuts and flakes of coconut piled high in glass bowl on a white surface with Christmas lights in background
Golden peco candy with peanuts and flakes of coconut piled high on a white surface
Those little bits of peanuts and coconut are just perfect together. I love it!

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Golden peco candy with peanuts and flakes of coconut piled high in glass bowl on a white surface with Christmas lights in background

Peco Candy

4 from 8 votes
Peco candy is a unique blend of peanuts, sugar and coconut flakes. Considered to be candy decades ago, this is an "airy" treat that is reminiscent of years gone by!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 30 pieces


  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups raw peanuts
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut


  • Combine, sugar, corn syrup and water in a large saucepan (4-5 quart) with a heavy bottom.
  • Stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves. Then increase to high heat and bring to boil until thermometer reaches 250°F.
  • Add butter and peanuts. Continually stir to ensure the peanuts do not scorch.
  • Bring the temperature up to 300°F.
  • Once at 300°F, immediately remove from stove and add vanilla and baking soda. Mix together slightly then add coconut.
  • Stir until combined and pour into greased jelly roll size baking sheet. Do not spread or smooth out the brittle; let is spread on its own.
  • Let cool completely, then crack and break into pieces.


  • When working with candy and high temperatures, it’s best to have all ingredients pre-measured and prepared because timing is key!


Serving: 12-inch pieceCalories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 26.3gProtein: 5.2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4.1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 64.1mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 23.2g
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Cooking

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  1. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I am going to make it for our Rose Bowl party! Go Hawks! Thank you Kaleb!

  2. I’ trying to find a store in Michigan to buy some of this brittle. My husband loves it. We’re having a hard time finding it. Please help. Thank you

    1. I found mine at Big Lots. Maybe you can Google it. It’s called Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened flaked Coconut. It smells SOOOO good!!

  3. Where do you get the dry flake coconut? This candy years ago dad use to buy from our little country grocery at Christmas time but the paper grocery bag full and it was called chop suey then, now I’m talking at least 55 years ago. Thanks in advance

    1. I by flaked coconut my local grocery store. It’s a regional chain and should widely available, I like bobs red mill flaked coconut!

  4. I found mine at Big Lots. Maybe you can Google it. It’s called Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened flaked Coconut. It smells SOOOO good!!

  5. Hey I ready like this candy it’s one of my favorite candy and I was wondering do you sell it online .

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve been make my grandma homemade Brittle for a few months now. After getting the recipe from my Aunt. My nephew said oh coconut would be good in the brittle. Smile, I ask magic Google for a recipe and your come up. I just made it! I looks just like your on the photo! I just tried a little piece very tasty. Luckily I love coconut. I will probably use just one cup of coconut next time.
    Thank for sharing.

  7. Great Brittle… I love coconut…my daddy and I would travel and we would stop and and buy brittle. I remember coconut and peanuts and it was sooo good. It is a childhood favorite. Thank you, now I can make my own.😊😊😊😊😊

  8. Hi, I enjoyed watching your video making this Peco candy. However, I am wondering if you have a microwave version of the same recipe. I would love to have a microwave version of this Peco Candy. Because it is a lot faster to make. And it is hard for me to stand for a longer period of time. Microwaving does cut time down. Please and thank you in advance.Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  9. This was a staple candy bar in Texas in the 50s when I grew up. The coconut used was the wide flake, like chipped coconut. I believe I’ve seen that at Whole Foods. I’ll have to look. Would love to make this and try to reproduce my childhood memory of it!

  10. 5 stars
    Kaleb, my husband has been making this recipe for the neighbors for the past couple of years. They love it and so do we. He has substituted cashews before too. Soooo good. Thank you for a foolproof brittle recipe.

  11. I made this yesterday and it is just about all gone. It came out perfect. I mixed some roasted salted peanuts with the raw. This will definitely be one of the candies I make during the holidays.

  12. Why is your recipe for Pecorino candy (1 cup water) different than your Christmas book I just got? It says 1/2 cup of water? I tried it that way because I’ve made your grandma’s peanut butter and it cost for half a cup well this was so thick that it didn’t work with the half a cup, so which one is correct

    1. Hello! I updated the recipe for the magazine to 1/2 cup. Either way, the water cooks off during the first boiling period and once all the water is evaporated the temperature starts to rise as needed. One cup or one half cup will not make a difference in the resulting candy. As to why yours seems thick it could be that it needed to be slightly spread after it was poured into the pan. Also make sure the baking soda is evenly mixed into the brittle so it activates before pouring into the pan.

  13. Peco candy (brittle) is a childhood favorite. This recipe is spot on. I make it throughout the year.