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Toffee Popcorn & Peanuts


10 c Popcorn
1 1/2 c Peanuts; roasted or mix nuts
1 1/3 c Sugar
1/3 c Brown sugar; light, packed
14 tb Butter; cut in pieces
1/3 c Water
1/8 ts Salt


Put popcorn and nuts in 6 qt bowl and stir. Oil blade of a metal pancake spatula and bowl of a wooden spoon. Combining the sugars, butter, water, and salt in 2 qt. microwave-safe glass measuring cutp. Cover with wax paper and micro on high 2 to 4 minuts, until steqaming hot and butter has melted. Stir with an unoild wood spoon until the sugar crystals are almost completely dissolved Cover again and micro on High 2 to 4 minutes, until mix comes to a rapid boil. Remove the wax paper and attach a microwave-safe candy thermometer to the side of the casserole, making sure the bulb is submerged in the toffee mix. Micro, uncovered on High 8 to 10 minutes, until 311F, very hard-crack stage. Immediately pour the hot toffee mix over the popcorn and nuts. Stir with oiled wood sppon until evenly coated. Scrap the toffee coated popcorn onto a marble slab or two large baking sheets. Using the spatula, flatten into a single layer. Cool for 10 to 15 minusutes, or until firm. Using your fingers, break the candied popcorn into bit-size pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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