Making candy is one of those things that can be daunting. Working with boiling sugar is a little tricky, because the potential for 3rd degree burns and a hospital visit is a very real possibility. Making your own Peanut Brittle is a good way to get your feet wet with candy-making because you don't have to manipulate the hot sugar much, just spread it into a pan. Plus, the results are so worthwhile! Homemade peanut brittle is extremely inexpensive to make, and is a great gift or treat to share around the holidays.
In order to make Peanut Brittle, you absolutely need a candy thermometer. They're fairly inexpensive, and are available at most well-stocked grocery stores, and of course, at Target or on Amazon. One of the great things about candy thermometers is that they clip to the side of your saucepan, so you don't have to try holding onto it or worrying that it will fall into your creation.