Pop Fly Popcorn Recipe
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Pop Fly Popcorn Recipe

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Pecans and almonds add nutty goodness to this crisp chewy mix. The way this tasty treat attracts snackers, you may need an umpire for the bowl.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + drying
MAKES:10-12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + drying
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 10 to 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 420 calories, 29 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 305 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and nuts; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat; add vanilla, cream of tartar and baking soda. Drizzle over popcorn mixture; stir to coat. Immediately spread onto two greased baking sheets; let dry for about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Pop Fly Popcorn in Quick Cooking May/June 2001, p13

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Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"There is something wrong with this recipe. There is way too much "juice" for the amount of popcorn & nuts and it turns out totally soggy. I am thinking it should be baked after spreading on pans? Or possibly the butter mixture cooked longer, so it's hard crack stage? That would still be an awful lot of "stuff" for the dry ingredients.

If you want to try this, please not when you are planning to feed to company or give as gifts."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"This is an excellent treat to have around during the holidays"

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