I live in popcorn country, and there's even a town nearby that has a "Popcorn Days" celebration. This is a good snack and also good for entertaining during the holidays, especially because it can be made ahead of time.
- 4 cups popped popcorn
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 1 cup chow mein noodles
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a large greased bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts, noodles and raisins; set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches soft-crack stage (270°-290°) with a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat. Stir in cinnamon.
- Pour over popcorn mixture; stir until evenly coated. Immediately pour onto a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan.
- When cool enough to handle, break into pieces. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 8 cups.
Originally published as Popcorn Caramel Crunch in Country December/January 1992, p49
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