Sweetened popcorn mixed with pecans and dried cranberries makes the perfect sit-around-the-fire snack.
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2 quarts (8 cups) popped popcorn
1 cup pecan pieces
1 1/3 cups sweetened dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter
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, 6-9 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a full boil.
Continue cooking, without stirring, 11-16 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 280°F. or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a hard but pliable strand. 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.
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.