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Nut N Corn Clusters

I can tell this recipe has served me faithfully for a long time by the old dog-eared recipe card. These crisp caramel corn clusters are a holiday treat my family enjoys munching.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 12 dozen

Ingredients

  • 5 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups mixed nuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon molasses

Directions

  • Line baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. Combine popcorn and nuts in a large roasting pan. Bake at 250° for 10-15 minutes or until warm. Meanwhile, grease the sides of a heavy saucepan with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter. Combine the sugar, honey and corn syrup in saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes without stirring.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in peanut butter, vanilla and molasses. Pour over warm popcorn mixture and stir to coat. Working quickly, use buttered hands to form mixture into 1-1/2-in. clusters. Place on prepared baking sheets to dry. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Editor's Note: If mixture becomes too firm to form into clusters, rewarm in a 250° oven for a few minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cluster: 43 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 38mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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