Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts (aka Cracker Jack Caramel Corn)

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When I get several requests for a recipe, I know it’s a hit. Like this crunchy, sweet, yet a bit salty, caramel corn with mixed nuts. I’m making more batches today to give away as edible  gifts for New Year’s.  And talking about New Year’s, I hope you have a healthy, peace filled, family and friend filled 2019!

Best Caramel Corn with Mixed Nuts

To avoid sticking, use vegetable spray to coat inside of large bowl, cookie sheets and spoons.

Ingredients

16 -18 cups of popped corn

3 cups salted mixed nuts

Tip from Rita’s kitchen:

After popping corn, place in colander or bowl and scoop up popcorn gently with hands. Any unpopped corn will lie in bottom of bowl.

Coating

2 sticks unsalted butter

2 cups packed brown sugar, light or dark

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Preheat oven to 200-225 degrees.

Put popcorn and nuts in bowl. Set aside.

Over medium heat in a large pan, bring to a boil everything but the soda. Boil 5 minutes.

Add baking soda and stir. Mixture will foam up. Immediately pour over popcorn mixture, stirring well to coat.

Pour in a single layer onto sprayed cookie sheets. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes to distribute coating. Let cool for coating to harden.

Store at room temperature in covered containers. Makes about 20 cups.

To make Cracker Jack Caramel Corn:

Just sub in all peanuts for the mixed nuts.

 

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