ultimate recipe swap: nutty caramel popcorn

It's snack time today over at Life As Mom for the Ultimate Recipe Swap. My family loves to snack and this is one of their favorites. It's salty, creamy, sweet and crunchy ALL at the same time. It's great for family movie night or whatever team sport you gather to watch together. This Nutty Caramel Popcorn never lets you down. It's hours of happy munching delight.

It does take a little time to make but it is so worth it. Be careful when you pour the caramel over the popcorn and nuts. It's hotter that he*# and I am deadly serious. This is one job for Mom/Dad to do. 

Go ahead and whip up a batch this weekend. You'll be so glad you did.

Celebrate the Feast!

Nutty Caramel Popcorn
adapted from Taste of Home

4 quarts popped popcorn
1-1/3 cups pecan halves, toasted
2/3 cup whole unblanched almonds, toasted
1-1/3 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place popcorn in a large greased bowl. Sprinkle pecans and almonds over top; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, butter and corn syrup; cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 300°-310° (hard-crack stage).
Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture; toss gently. Spread on greased baking sheets. When cool, break into small pieces. Store in airtight containers. Yield: about 20 cups.

Mary L. on Foodista