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Popcorn Caramel Crunch

 Popcorn Caramel Crunch
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.
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 496 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 29 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 419 mg sodium, 58 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.