Maple-Nut Popcorn

What's a party without popcorn? This recipe has a great maple flavor that candy-coats the popcorn. For added crunch there is a variety of nuts and you won't miss the hint of spice. I can eat my weight in this stuff.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

10 cups plain popcorn, popped

2 cups mixed nuts, such as pecans, walnuts and almonds

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nonstick spray, for greasing

1 stick unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup

Directions

  1. Combine the popcorn, mixed nuts, salt, paprika and cayenne pepper in large serving bowl.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick spray. 
  3. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Pour in the maple syrup and continue cooking until the mixture reads 275 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 15 minutes. 
  4. Carefully pour the mixture over the popcorn and nuts. Toss, using a spoon that has been coated in nonstick spray, to coat the popcorn evenly with syrup. Allow the popcorn to cool before serving
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