Macadamia Nut Brittle

Hilo Hattie's

The name of this treat could be a little deceiving, it says it's a “Macadamia Nut” Brittle. The implications of this name are simple. You would assume that this brittle contains a nut, and the nut being used is a macadamia nut. Well it had nuts and they were macadamia nuts, but there really wasn't that many of them. You could probably see it as more brittle than nut. I’m not sure if this is surprising since macadamia nuts are the most expensive of the nuts, but it was a little disappointing none the less.

Whenever I try a brittle I always find, like other treats, that balance really plays an important part. Brittles are an interesting game of sweet and savoury, with sweet edging out savoury just a little bit. It’s not to say that you want your brittle to be sickly sweet, you need the savoury to make sure the sweet doesn’t get out of hand. It takes a really great candy maker to make a brittle that doesn’t fall out of balance, and an important part is knowing how the nut you’re using will work, and how much of that nut you need. Unfortunately, this just didn’t have enough of the balance, and it needed more nuts.

Having said that the nuts I did taste were great, not stale at all (a common problem in brittles) and the... well I guess you call it brittle, was nice and simple just right for what it had to be. I just wish there could have been a bit of a better ratio to balance this treat out. As it turns out, the best part had to be the packaging. It was perfect putting this brittle in a sealed in a can - it stayed fresh till I opened it and I could close it again to save the rest for later.