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Caramel Nut Crunch Popcorn

Makes: 13 cups

Cooking Time: 1 hr 5 min

What You'll Need:
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 cups popped plain popcorn
1 (12-ounce) can unsalted mixed nuts

What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

2. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring brown sugar, butter, and honey to a boil; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add vanilla; mix well.

3. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and nuts. Pour brown sugar mixture over popcorn mixture and toss until thoroughly coated. Spoon onto 2 ungreased large rimmed baking sheets.

4. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool completely, until crisp. Serve, or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Note:
Did you know that plain, unbuttered popcorn makes a great packing material for shipping things like cookies? Of course, this popcorn is something you'll want to wrap and send as a gift all by itself! Finally, a snack that tastes great and is good for us! Popcorn is a whole-grain food that's low in calories (when made without hydrogenated oils and butter topping) and is a good source of fiber. The National Cancer Institute, the American Dental Association and the American Dietetic Association suggest that popcorn is a sensible, versatile snack that fits into almost every meal plan.

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