Jeweled Popcorn, Fruit & Nut Crunch

Jeweled Popcorn, Fruit & Nut Crunch

Sweetened popcorn mixed with pecans and dried cranberries makes the perfect sit-around-the-fire snack.

25 min. prep time
12 cups
000 Ratings


2 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup pecan pieces
1 (6-ounce) package (1 1/3 cups) sweetened dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla


Place popcorn in large bowl or roasting pan. Add pecans and cranberries.

Combine sugar, corn syrup and vinegar in heavy 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a full boil (6 to 9 minutes).

Continue cooking, without stirring, until candy thermometer reaches 280°F. or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a hard but pliable strand (11 to 16 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.

Pour syrup over popcorn mixture. Stir until all ingredients are well coated. Spread onto large ungreased baking sheet. Cool completely.

Break into serving size pieces. Store in loosely covered container.

Recipe Tip

The popcorn mixture can also be shaped into large or small balls. Wrap in decorative food wrap and tie a holiday ribbon on them for gift giving.

Nutrition Facts (1/4 cup)

Calories: 80

Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 5mg

Sodium: 15mg

Carbohydrates: 14g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Protein: 0g

Recipe #11291©2000Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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