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Nutty Caramel Popcorn

 Nutty Caramel Popcorn
Folks who've tasted my snack are quick to remind me to make it again for them the following Christmas! The sugary combination of popcorn and crunchy nuts hits the spot.
20 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1-1/3 cups pecan halves, toasted
  • 2/3 cup whole unblanched almonds, toasted
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Place popcorn in a large greased bowl. Sprinkle pecans and almonds
  • over top; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, butter
  • and corn syrup; cook and stir over medium heat until a candy
  • thermometer reads 300°-310° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Immediately pour over popcorn
  • mixture; toss gently. Spread on greased baking sheets. When cool,
  • break into small pieces. Store in airtight containers. Yield:
  • about 20 cups.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 278 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 182 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.