Benedicts Brittle 

High on bluff in Atchison, Kansas, overlooking the winding Missouri River sits the steadfast monastic community of St. Benedict's Abbey.  In 1857 three monks established the community and as it grew they spread the gospel to the wild American west and co-founded the schools that are today Maur Hill-Mount Academy and Benedictine College. Today, St. Benedict's Abbey continues a 1500 year old monastic tradition of prayer, work and hospitality.

I will quickly admit that St. Benedict's Abbey is one of my absolute favorite places on Earth.  And the rich yet simple "Rule of St. Benedict" is handbook of wisdom that applies not only to those of religious life, but a "rule" that we attempt to adhere to on our own family farm.   We especially strive to follow the St. Benedict's motto of "Ora et Labora" (Prayer and Work)  And, it's funny where the work can take you.

A few years ago, right before Christmas, Brother Leven Harton found himself needing to raise funds for a mission trip to El Salvador.  Fueled by creativity, inspiration and a sense of humor he sent his friends and family Christmas cards accompanied with homemade peanut brittle - made with his own hands.  Attached was a note, gently (no....blatantly) pointing out that with all of the hours of sweat and labor he had put into their small gift, wouldn't they like to give a small gift of a few dollars in return?  And you know what?  It worked.  It worked well.

From those humble beginning a cottage industry has grown.  And grown.  I'm thrilled to introduce you to, Benedict's Brittle:

Pretty cool, huh?  The video is a couple years old now, but the essentials are still exactly the same.  Even though their numbers and production have impressively grown, the handmade personal touch is still apparent.  As I embark on my personal review I should start by saying that I've never cared for peanut brittle.  However, the gorgeous modern and minimalistic packaging absolutely stole my heart.

Perfect Peanut Brittle Benedicts Brittle  

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