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Candied Popcorn and Nuts Recipe

Candied Popcorn and Nuts Recipe

This crunchy popcorn combined with nuts and seeds and covered with buttery candy topping is so yummy, nobody will know it’s a lot healthier than the original.

Make it for yourself, or make it for friends and family–it’ll be sure to be a winner!

2 cups walnuts or other nutmeats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 quarts popped popcorn, unsalted and unbuttered
1 1/2 cups sugar or Succanat
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. You’ll need 3 baking sheets for this project. Grease two of them very lightly and set aside. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Spread the nuts and seeds on the third baking sheet. In the preheated oven, toast the nuts and seeds for 7 minutes, stirring once. Turn off the oven. Remove the baking sheet; spread the popcorn on top of the nuts and seeds. Return to the oven to keep warm.

3. Bring the sugar, maple syrup, water, butter, and salt to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pot. Boil, partially covered, until the mixture reaches 290F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and then stir in the cinnamon and vanilla.

4. Quickly transfer the popcorn mix to the largest bowl you have and pour in the hot liquid. Working quickly–it will soon stiffen–stir to coat the entire mixture. Spread on the greased baking sheets and cool for 30 minutes. Break the mixture apart; store in tins or plastic bags.

Makes about 2 1/2 quarts.

Adapted from The Maple Syrup Cookbook by Ken Haedrich (Storey Books, 2001).

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Adapted from The Maple Syrup Cookbook, by Ken Haedrich (Storey Books, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Ken Haedrich. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.

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10:30AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Delicious recipe must try it.Thanks for sharing

1:54AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


8:05PM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Thanks for the recipes.

11:25AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Sounds good. Thanks.

7:38AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Thank you

7:37AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Thank you

8:57AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

I'm allergic to nuts.

5:49AM PST on Dec 22, 2009

Wonderful Article, can't wait to try these recipes, Thanks so much! I love popcorns of all kinds so I know I would enjoy this recipe.

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12:39PM PST on Dec 19, 2009

looks very pretty, not sure about popcorn now though having read your other article here!

10:33AM PST on Dec 19, 2009

I love the flavor of maple sugar and vanilla. This is my dream snack. Thank You.

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