Black Sesame Brittle | 黑芝麻糖
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
A crunchy, nutty black sesame brittle that fills your mouth with aroma and taste of caramel, my favorite treat for Chinese new year. It's fast and easy with only 5 ingredients(counting salt and water). It's a great snack as black sesame is super high in calcium, and making it yourself lets you control how much sugar you add to it.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Taiwanese, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 People
Author: Choochoo-ca-Chew
Black Sesame seeds
  • 2 C Black Sesame Seeds Toasted
Candy Syrup
  • 1/3 C Water
  • 1/3 C Brown sugar
  • 1/4 C Sugar
  • 1/4 C Honey
  • 1/4 t Salt Omit if using salted butter
  • 1/2 TBsp Butter
Toasting Sesame Seeds if Raw
  1. White sesame seeds can be toasted in the oven at 300F (150C) for about 7 minutes or until golden but when it comes to black sesame it's hard to tell the difference in color. Wash and drain sesame into a wok, turn the heat to medium high and stir occasionally. After the water has all evaporated, stir constantly until the black sesame seeds start popping. Remove from heat when the sesame starts popping every 2 seconds and let cool, over roasting it will make the seeds bitter and effect the taste of your sesame brittle.
Making Sesame brittle
  1. Add 1/3C Water 1/3C Brown Sugar 1/4C Sugar 1/4C Honey to a pot or pan and turn the heat to medium high, bring to a boil
  2. Stirring with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula occasionally, cook and boil until the syrup forms large bubbles. Prepare a cup of cold water, drop one drop of syrup into the cold water if you're unsure of the stage of your syrup. The dropped syrup should turn into a hard, crunchy little ball.
  3. Turn the heat down to low just to keep it warm so it's easy to work with. Add 1/4t Salt 2 C Toasted Sesame Seeds 1/2 TBsp Butter Mix well
  4. Remove the sesame mixture to a parchment paper or silicone mat, cover with another piece of parchment paper and roll it out to about 0.5cm thick. Move to the cutting board and cut into 1" x 1" pieces before the brittle cools or break them into uneven pieces after it's cooled.