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Caramel Popcorn and Peanuts

  • 5 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Place popped corn and peanuts in a large shallow 18- x 12- x 2-inch baking pan; keep warm in a 250°F oven while making caramel. Meanwhile, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan; cook and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and cook to firm ball stage (248°F on candy thermometer). Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Remove popped corn and peanuts from oven; immediately pour a steady stream of syrup over popped corn and peanuts. Mix well. Return to oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container

Makes about 5 quarts

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