We were strolling around ritzy Lake Arrowhead Village in San Bernardino County last week, surrounded by forests and mountains, when we spotted a display of homemade nut brittles set up on a little table. Turned out that elementary-school teacher Bridget Colburn sells her handmade brittles at farmers and artisan markets (as was the case at the Village) and in a few bakeries.
“I got the brittle recipe out of my mother’s cookbook when I was 9 years old,” Colburn said. About 20 years ago, she started making nut brittles as Christmas gifts for friends and family. “Soon, people started asking if they could buy them from me,” she said. “The business took on a life of its own about two years ago.”
Bridgee’s Brittle offers peanut, cashew, almond, pecan, coconut and jalapeno brittles, and more. Our favorite was almond brittle with orange zest. As for the brittle candy itself, there’s a whole lot of butter, cane sugar and vanilla in there, and our tasters loved it. There’s even a sugar-free version.
The nut brittles range from $6 to $21 (for a pound), with gift packs at $30 (handling and shipping included). Check out www.bridgeesbrittle.com. To find out what new flavors aren’t yet listed on the site, click on the “Contact” button.