Saturday, December 02, 2006

absolute "crackerjacks"

4 cups fresh popped popcorn (not microwavable)
½ cup pecan halves
½ cup salted peanuts
½ cup sliced almonds
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
½ cup butter
½ cup corn syrup
¼ cup honey
½ tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking soda

In a large bowl, lightly salt popcorn. Toss together with nuts.

In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, butter, corn syrup and honey. Place over medium heat and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat then add vanilla and baking soda. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and toss to coat well. Scrape coated popcorn onto a large baking sheet and bake at 250F for 1 hour. Stir several times during baking. Scrape onto Silpat or parchment paper and allow to cool, then break apart. Store in a covered container.

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