California confectioner Max Lesser's tantalizing takes on old-timey peanut brittle have sophisticated international influences, but never forget their splendidly humble roots. Each one is made with a different nut base and surprising, delicious spices and flavors.
Fleur De Sel & Peanut gives classic peanut brittle some posh polish. In the Masala Chai & Cashew brittle, buttery nuts are surrounded by a warming Indian tea and spice blend that makes us think of gingerbread. New Mexico Chile & Pepita's revelatory blend—spicy chiles, cumin, coriander, Mexican oregano—are bound together by a sweet, pumpkin seed brittle. Honey, Cardamom & Sesame, which Max originally created for a well-loved ice cream brand, is a blend of cardamom's floral spice with hints of citrus in a honey-laced brittle of nutty toasted sesame seeds. Chocolate, Bourbon & Pecan is sweet, Deep South heaven.
Each brittle has an ideal balance of sweet, spicy, salty, and crunchy, and the flavors are intense enough that a few small bites satisfy mightily. Or, try them sprinkled on ice cream or an after-dinner cheese plate. Made in California.