Candy making is really easy. It requires few ingredients and little effort. The key to success is a candy thermometer. You can get a decent one from any dollar store.
This was my first time making brittle. Every year it's on my to do list and every year I don't make it.
All you need to do is mix together in a large pot; 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup corn syrup, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 cup water. Heat to medium until sugar is dissolved. Add 1 cup of peanuts, clip on your thermometer and heat to 300F or until a drop of the mix turns into hard brittle threads when added to ice water.
Let it cool and then snap into pieces. That's it. If it's a gift, put it in a nice box or glass jar topped with ribbon. If not, eat it up before the kids see it.