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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.

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25 min
Prep Time
55 min
Total Time


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

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

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

  5. STEP 5

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

Tip #1

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 (1/4 cup)

80 Calories
3 Fat (g)
5 Cholesterol (mg)
15 Sodium (mg)
14 Carbohydrates (g)
1 Dietary Fiber
0 Protein (g)
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