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Three-in-One Popcorn Crunch Recipe

Three-in-One Popcorn Crunch Recipe

Folks with a sweet tooth will dig into these bite-size snacks. Candy corn is a colorful addition, so this mouthwatering mix is suitable for any autumn event.—Carma Blosser, Livermore, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:24 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups candy corn

Directions

  • 1. Place popcorn and peanuts in large buttered heat-proof containers or bowls; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugars, corn syrup, water, butter and salt. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 285° (soft-crack stage), stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Pour over popcorn mixture; stir gently to coat. Stir in candy corn. Drop into bite-size pieces onto waxed paper. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 quarts.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 316 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 229 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.