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Nutty Holiday Caramel Corn – Recipe!

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Caramel corn is one of my favorite treats, especially at holiday time.  I love the deep caramelized-corn flavors that make my mouth sing, while watching my favorite holiday movie, or enjoying at casual parties.  Making your own caramel corn is a fun way to celebrate the season and nice to share with family and friends.

In this recipe, I add a few warming holiday spices and a load of nuts to my traditional caramel corn recipe, which makes it much more festive for Christmas.  Making your own caramel corn doesn’t take a lot of effort.  Most of the cooking time is spent peering through the oven door, while your caramel corn bakes in a low oven.  Waiting for those deep golden puffs to appear will almost kill you, but it’s well worth the wait.  There’s nothing like homemade.

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10 cups popped corn

1 cup smoked almonds

1 cup whole cashews

1 cup roasted peanuts

2 cups brown sugar

2 sticks butter

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

(Serves 6-8)

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To Prepare:

1.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Pop popcorn either by air popper, microwave or stove top, pour into a large bowl.  Add nuts and toss.

2.  In a saucepan over medium heat, add brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, vanilla, salt, cinnamon cloves, nutmeg and allspice.  When mixture comes to a boil, cook for another 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

3.  Pour mixture over popcorn and stir.  Toss to coat popcorn, move quickly before it hardens. Watch your fingers, it’s hot!

4.  Pour popcorn out onto 2 sheet pans.  Place in oven for 1 hour, alternating racks every 15 minutes.  Remove popcorn from oven and allow to cool for 45 minutes.  When cool, break popcorn apart with your fingers and place in a sealed canister or jar.  Enjoy!











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