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Popcorn Almond Brittle

For a crunchy snack that suits the season, try this one. I've been stirring up batches of the distinctive brittle since 1975. With popcorn, almonds and candied cherries tossed together in a sweet crisp coating, it's a festive favorite we enjoy every year.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 6 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup each red and green candied cherries, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan, combine the popcorn, almonds and cherries. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Turn oven off and keep mixture warm in the oven.
  • Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt; cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 305°-310° (hard-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; toss gently. Spread onto a greased baking sheet. When cool, break into small pieces.
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.
Nutrition Facts
2 ounce-weight: 276 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
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