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Everything Brittle

Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez
Active time 25 mins
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins

Serves 15 (serving size: 1 oz.)

This brittle is sweet and mildly bitter all at once—owing to the caramel flavor of the cooked sugar. We added everything you’d find on the iconic bagel of the same name except garlic and onion flakes for a nutty-savory-sweet treat. Brittle is very susceptible to moisture, so wrap it up in parchment paper and pack into an airtight container. Store the container in a cool, dry place. This is a decidedly grown-up sweet treat, but you can make it kid-friendly by omitting the poppy seeds and black sesame seeds and stirring in a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons toasted white sesame seeds, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 120
  • fat 3.6 g
  • satfat 0.3 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 22 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 97 mg
  • calcium 22 mg
  • sugars 20 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 20 g

How to Make It

  1. Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle nuts, 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon salt over pan.

  2. Using a stainless steel spoon, gently stir together sugar, 1/4 cup water, and juice in a medium saucepan over medium-high; brush sides of pan with a wet brush to release any sugar crystals.

  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, without stirring, until mixture is amber-colored and a candy thermometer registers 310°F. Pour onto prepared pan, spreading evenly with an offset metal spatula coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and salt. Cool completely; break into pieces.