Nut N Corn Clusters Recipe

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I can tell this recipe has served me faithfully for a long time by the old dog-eared recipe card. These crisp caramel corn clusters are a holiday treat my family enjoys munching.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:144 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 144 servings


  • 5 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon molasses

Nutritional Facts

1 cluster: 43 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Line baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. Combine popcorn and nuts in a large roasting pan. Bake at 250° for 10-15 minutes or until warm. Meanwhile, grease the sides of a heavy saucepan with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter. Combine the sugar, honey and corn syrup in saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes without stirring.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter, vanilla and molasses. Pour over warm popcorn mixture and stir to coat. Working quickly, use buttered hands to form mixture into 1-1/2-in. clusters. Place on prepared baking sheets to dry. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Yield: about 12 dozen.
Editor's Note: If mixture becomes too firm to form into clusters, rewarm in a 250° oven for a few minutes.
Originally published as Nut N Corn Clusters in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2001, p37

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Linda L S User ID: 5894180 109294
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"I just made this. It's very good and tasty. I got the recipe from my T.O.H. Comfort Food Diet cookbook. My husband and daughter love it. Great project to have little one's help with once it has cooled slightly. It's going on my favorite's list!"

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