I love peanut brittle, but after my experience with biting into a piece as a little girl and then losing a baby tooth, which I shared with you in last year’s Road Trip story, I don’t eat hard peanut brittle anymore. Now that I’m older, my biggest concern when eating peanut brittle would be that I’d break a tooth, that won’t come back, on this delicious hard candy. So I was so thrilled to learn about a soft peanut brittle made with peanut butter that was created over 60 years ago because a customer in the 1940s who also enjoyed the classically prepared peanut brittle shared with Sophia who was a Davenport Hotel candy factory worker — who was quickly promoted to “forewomen” — named Sophia Gerkensmeyer, that she loved peanut brittle, but she didn’t want to break her crowns. Sophia’s solution was to create a delicious version of her hard peanut brittle softer by using peanut butter. Now 60 years later one of Spokane, Washington’s sweetest gems, the Bruttles Gourmet Candy Company that started in 2002 by Sophia’s niece, carries on Aunt Sophia’s legacy. They make Aunt Sophia’s peanut brittle the old-fashioned way, by hand, and launched a new website, so everyone across the country can enjoy the company’s signature soft peanut butter brittle.
You just have to watch the sweet online video about the original candy maker, Aunt Sophia, and the origin of her soft peanut butter brittle that she created and perfected when, she purchased the 60-pound marble candy slab from the Davenport Hotel in 1951 for $20.00, after the factory where she worked had closed. It’s a wonderfully inspiring personal and business story for anyone in business or in life. The 60-year-old classic soft peanut butter brittle recipe has led to a whole line of luscious confections such as old-fashioned peanut brittle, chocolate dipped peanut bruttles, cashew brittle, caramels, caramallows, bark, and butter toffee. Let me say this, the peanut butter brittle was soft and delicious and I have to say I haven’t enjoyed peanut brittle so much since I was a little girl, but the chocolate dipped peanut bruttles, which is Bruttles’ signature candies that are one-inch squares of soft peanut butter brittle that simply leaves out the whole nuts, half-dipped in rich semisweet chocolate where awe-inspiring and one of the more delicious candies Tim or I have every eaten.
Bruttles Gourmet Candy Company has two locations: one Spokane, Washington and one in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. But now it comes to you through their new national website at www.bruttles.com. It’s a must for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’ve looking for something uniquely handcrafted and unbelievably delicious.