Apricot-Toffee Corn

  • Yields: about 10 cups
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 17 mins
  • Bake: 20 mins 300°F
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Apricot-Toffee Corn
Ingredients
8
cups popped popcorn (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup unpopped)
1
cup butter
1
cup sugar
3
tablespoons water
1
tablespoon light-colored corn syrup
1/2
cup snipped dried apricots
1/2
cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
Directions
  1. Remove all unpopped kernels from popped corn. Place popcorn in a greased 17x12x2-inch baking pan. Keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree F oven while making apricot mixture.
  2. Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In the saucepan combine the 1 cup butter or margarine, sugar, water, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. This should take 7 to 8 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 255 degree F, hard-ball stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Reaching hard-ball stage should take 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat; remove candy thermometer from saucepan. Quickly add snipped dried apricots, pecans, and vanilla; stir until well combined. Pour apricot mixture over the popcorn; stir gently to coat popcorn. Bake in a 300 degree F oven for 15 minutes; stir. Bake 5 minutes more. Turn popcorn mixture onto a large piece of foil. Cool completely. Break popcorn mixture into clusters. Store tightly covered. Makes about 10 cups.
Nutrition Facts (Apricot-Toffee Corn)
    Per serving:
  • 165 kcal cal.,
  • 12 g fat
  • (6 g sat. fat,
  • 26 mg chol.,
  • 101 mg sodium,
  • 15 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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