This compulsively addictive crunchy treat is great to give away--since that's basically the only way you'll avoid eating the entire salty-spicy batch yourself in one sitting. Thank heaven its sweetness comes from maple syrup and not sugar--between that, the pecans and the cranberries, you'll end up feeling less like a pusher!
plain popcorn, popped
pecans, toasted and chopped
salted butter (3/4 stick)
1 1/2 cups
maple syrup (preferably grade B)
cayenne (or to taste)
In This Recipe
Toss popcorn, pecans and cranberries together in a large bowl.
Line a large cookie sheet with foil and lightly oil.
Melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add maple syrup, salt and cayenne and boil (still over medium heat), without stirring, until thermometer registers 280°F, about 20 minutes.
Pour over popcorn and stir immediately with a silicone spatula to coat. Then quickly spread mixture on cookie sheet in a single layer (if possible). Cool completely and break into bite-size pieces.
To give away, package in tins, wax paper bags or cellophane bags.