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Praline Popcorn

Yield 11 cups
A brown sugar coating lends this munching corn its rich praline taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (3-ounce) bag butter-flavored microwave popcorn, popped (12 cups) (we tested with Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop)

How to Make It

  1. Place pecans in a large bowl. Set aside.

  2. Combine brown sugar, maple syrup, and butter in a small heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.

  3. Drizzle sugar mixture over pecans, tossing to coat. Add popcorn, 2 cups at a time, stirring until well coated.

  4. Spoon popcorn mixture onto a buttered 15" x 10" jellyroll pan. Bake at 250° for 1 hour, stirring mixture every 15 minutes with a large spoon. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Christmas with Southern Living 2000