To make peanut patty candy, boil corn syrup and peanuts, add seasonings and food coloring, let the syrup cool and drop it onto waxed paper. Wrap the candies in waxed paper, and eat them within seven days.
Spread a clean dish towel on your work surface, and cover it with waxed paper. Set a pot on the stove over medium heat. Add 3 cups of white sugar, 3 cups of raw peanuts, 1 cup of light corn syrup and 1/2 cup of water. Stir the ingredients, and clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Do not let the thermometer tip touch the bottom of the pot.
Stir the candy until its temperature reaches 234 degrees Fahrenheit, and then take the pot off of the burner. Keep the thermometer clipped to the pot. Add 1/2 cup of butter, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and enough red liquid food coloring to turn the candy bright red. Stir thoroughly for about 20 minutes, until the thermometer reads 125 degrees Fahrenheit and the candy thickens.
Drop spoonfuls of the candy onto the waxed paper, and give them one hour to cool and solidify. Consume the candy immediately, or store individual patties wrapped in waxed paper.