Caramel Crunch Recipe
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Caramel Crunch Recipe

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Our whole family has a sweet tooth, so this caramel-drizzled mix of popcorn, almonds and cereal goes quickly. My "off-limits" batches are divided into plastic bags, tied with ribbon and shared with all the snackers on my Christmas list.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 9 cups Crispix cereal
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 324 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 312 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a very large heat-proof bowl, combine the popcorn, cereal and almonds; set aside. In a large heavy-duty saucepan, melt butter; stir in corn syrup and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in baking soda. (Mixture will foam up and get lighter in color.) Carefully pour over popcorn mixture; stir to coat evenly.
  3. Transfer to two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 4-1/2 quarts.
Originally published as Caramel Crunch in Country Woman November/December 2003, p31

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 324 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 312 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"This is very good. It's very easy to make too. I will be making this every Christmas from now on!!!"

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"this is awesome. Easy to make and delicious! Its a keeper"

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Reviewed Jun. 6, 2009

"I can't tell you how many times I have made this snack; Christmas gifts, movie treat for the grandkids, neighbor children's birthday parties and more. We had a charity bake sale at work and I made four batches dividing them into quart size zip bags. They were gone in less than 30 minutes.SandyD4321"

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Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"We loved it! I used mixed nuts instead of almonds, and it was great. I'll definitely make it again!"

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2008

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