Pistachio Cardamom Brittle

Pistachio Brittle with a hint of cardamom and a sweet layer of chocolate!

Brittle made from lightly salted pistachios, a hint of cardamom and a layer of chocolate! www.lemonsforlulu.com

This is not a Christmas post.  I’m not quite ready for that yet.  But I was in the mood for some brittle.  And since I love pistachio’s, that’s what I threw into my brittle.  Making this brittle got me thinking about how there’s always a big push for peanut brittle at Christmas.  Why exactly is that?  I don’t know about you, but I personally enjoy peanuts and candy ALL year around!  But you don’t see peanut brittle advertised in July, do you?

Pistachios and cardamom combine in this chocolate covered brittle.  www.lemonforlulu.com

Fruit cake is another very seasonal item.  I know it’s very traditional at Christmas time and I tried to research why it only rears it’s head during the holidays, but quite frankly, I lost interest.  I don’t really like fruit cake and aside from my mom, I don’t know anyone who actually enjoys fruit cake.   It could actually be a lovely dessert that is simply misunderstood.  I’m afraid I’ll never know.   It’s the whole candied fruit thing that messes with me.

Pistachio brittle with a hint of cardamom and semi sweet chocolate. www.lemonsforlulu.com

Every time I even hear fruit cake mentioned, one memory comes to mind instantly.  I vividly recall going to the zoo as a kid and feeding the giraffes fruit cake.  Yes, you heard me right.  Feeding the giraffes fruit cake.  It boggles my mind to think there was actually a time that the zoo permitted people to feed the animals!!  I should mention that this was in the 70’s.  Everything was a bit more “relaxed” back then.  What makes this story worse is we were  feeding the giraffe fruit cake in JULY!!  Poor, poor animals.   Yeah, I’ll stop here.  Let’s just move on.

Pistachio cardamom brittle covered in chocolate. www.lemonsforlulu.com

I often see cardamom paired with pistachios.  Cardamom is not a spice I use often, but I absolutely love it!  It’s fragrant and gives this brittle a subtle little bite.  The chocolate layer adds a creamy sweetness that makes this brittle seem more of a dessert than just simple candy.  I think I may have to make this at Christmas time.  It would make an excellent gift!  Unlike fruit cake.   And unlike fruit cake, I guarantee you will not have this brittle six months from now!  You  may not even have it six minutes from now, it’s that good!


White chocolate and semi sweet chocolate swirled together with chopped cashews! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Maple Cinnamon Cashew Bark

Cracker toffee with white chocolate, cranberries and nuts. www.lemonsforlulu.com

White Chocolate Toffee




Pistachio Cardamom Brittle
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups chopped pistachios, lightly salted and roasted
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Cardamom
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup and salt. Microwave uncovered for 2 ½ minutes. Carefully stir in 1 cup of pistachios and return to microwave for another 2 minutes. Mixture will be thick. Quickly stir in butter, vanilla and cardamom. Cook for 1 more minute.
  2. Stir in baking soda. Mixture will begin to foam, immediately pour onto a greased metal baking sheet. Let set for 2-3 minutes before sprinkling with chocolate chips. Allow chips to set on brittle for about 2-3 minutes before spreading over brittle. When chocolate has been smoothed, sprinkle remaining pistachios over brittle.
  3. When brittle has set, break into pieces and store in an airtight container.


Follow NUTS for you! by Tanya Schroeder @lemonsforlulu.com on Pinterest

I’ll be sharing this with these parties and with






24 Responses

  1. I’m not a fan of fruit cake either, but I could probably eat the whole batch of this brittle. I love the flavor combination of the pistachio, cardamom and chocolate!

    • Thank you Ashley, I am totally going to have to make more!

  2. I want that on my lunchbox now…
    Preety damn good snack, love pistachio and more for cardamon!
    good job!

  3. I’ve never made bark before but I desperately want too, i hope this year may be the year. I love the flavours in your brittle, I love cardamom and pistachios. I’ll be featuring this on a feature that I have on my blog called Baking News. Have a great day!

    • This is so easy, I ca’t believe I don’t make it more!

  4. […] Pistachio Cardamom Brittle from Lemon’s For Lulu – This year is going to be the year I make bark, this pistachio and cardamom version sounds […]

  5. This looks amazing! What a great gift idea too!

  6. I love brittles and you got my all favorite combinations – cardamom-pistachio & chocolate! It looks so tempting. I am surely going to make this very soon.

    • I was thrilled with this pistachio version! I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Holy yumsicles! I was just thinking of making some white chocolate cranberry holiday themed bark. Tis’ the season!

  8. This is another great, sweet treat that you’ve created, Tanya. Love the green pistachio bits on the chocolate, advertising that this is no ordinary brittle. Lucky thing there were no giraffes in my old neighborhood, I doubt they could have survived after eating all that fruit cake.

    • I can’t be certain the giraffes survived, I don’t remember that part!

  9. I have a confession…my mom always bought my dad one type of fruit cake for Christmas and I loved it. I’m weird. This brittle looks fab for all year long!

    • Really?? Maybe it’s just the fruit cake I’ve been exposed to that was questionable!

  10. Wow! This bark sounds absolutely heavenly Tanya! Love the flavors in here!

  11. I need this in my life as soon as humanly possible! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  12. Laura m

    Made this one last night. Holy crap is it good. I’ve never made candy before other than truffles. Very successful!


Add your Response

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: