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Popcorn Caramel Crunch

I live in popcorn country, and there's even a town nearby that has a "Popcorn Days" celebration. This is a good snack and also good for entertaining during the holidays, especially because it can be made ahead of time.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • In a large greased bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts, noodles and raisins; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches soft-crack stage (270°-290°) with a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat. Stir in cinnamon.
  • Pour over popcorn mixture; stir until evenly coated. Immediately pour onto a greased 15x10x1-in. pan.
  • When cool enough to handle, break into pieces. Store in airtight containers.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 496 calories, 29g fat (12g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 419mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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