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Sweet and Salty Popcorn

 Sweet and Salty Popcorn
For a big crunch that kids will love, try this munchable snack mix from Shirley Engstrom of Genoa, Nebraska. A light sweet coating makes this combination of popcorn, crispy cereal and salty peanuts hard to resist.
28 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling


  • 3 quarts popped popcorn
  • 4 cups Cheerios
  • 4 cups Corn or Rice Chex
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda


  • In a large greased roasting pan, combine the popcorn, cereal and
  • peanuts. In a large saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and
  • butter; bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 6 minutes, stirring
  • occasionally.
  • Remove from the heat; quickly stir in vanilla and baking soda until
  • mixture is light and foamy. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture;
  • mix well. Bake, uncovered, at 250° for 1 hour, stirring every 15
  • minutes. Cool completely. Yield: about 5-1/2 quarts.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 184 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 219 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.