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Popcorn Cashew Brittle


4 cups popped popcorn, salted

2 3/4 cups sugar

1 cup water

3/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

8 ounces (about 2 cups) salted cashew pieces

1 teaspoon coarse salt

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Line 15x10x1-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Place popcorn into food processor bowl fitted with metal blade. Pulse several times to break up popcorn into small pieces. Set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in 3-quart heavy saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 280ºF or small amount dropped into ice water forms hard pliable threads.

  4. STEP 4

    Add butter; continue cooking, stirring constantly, 5-6 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 300ºF or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms hard brittle threads. Remove from heat; add vanilla and baking soda. Stir until well mixed (mixture will foam).

  5. STEP 5

    Add popcorn and cashews; stir to coat. Pour onto prepared pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Cool completely. Break into pieces.

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