Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst
Prep Time
6 Mins
Cook Time
25 Mins
Bake Time
45 Mins
Makes 14 cups

You'll plan a movie night with friends and family just to have an excuse to make an extra large batch of this sweet-meets-salty popcorn treat. Serve in a festive bucket for maximum cuteness.

How to Make It

Step 1

Line 1 large, rimmed baking sheet with nonstick aluminum foil or parchment paper; set aside. Combine popcorn and almonds in a very large bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Combine butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar in a large (3-quart), heavy pan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium, and bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 254° (very hard ball) on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Stir in salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract. (Mixture will bubble.) Quickly pour mixture over popcorn and nuts; toss gently to coat. Transfer popcorn mixture to prepared baking sheet.

Step 4

Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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