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Apricot Toffee Corn

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Ingredients
  Popped popcorn 8 Cup (128 tbs) (1/2 Cup Unpopped)
  Butter/Margarine 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 3 Tablespoon
  Light corn syrup 1 Tablespoon
  Snipped dried apricots 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Coarsely chopped pecans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Vanilla 1⁄2 Teaspoon
Directions

• Remove all unpopped kernels from popped corn. Place pop corn in a greased 17 x l2 x 2-inch baking pan. Keep popcorn warm in a 300° oven while making apricot mixture.
• Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In the saucepan combine the 1 cup butter or margarine, sugar, water, and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. This should take 7 to 8 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan.
• Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, till thermometer registers 255°, hard-ball stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over the entire surface. Reaching hard-ball stage should take 10 to 15 minutes.
• Remove saucepan from heat; remove candy thermometer from saucepan. Quickly add snipped dried apricots, pecans, and vanilla; stir till well combined. Pour apricot mixture over the popcorn; stir gently to coat popcorn. Bake in a 300° oven for 15 minutes; stir. Bake 5 minutes more. Turn popcorn mixture onto a large piece of foil. Cool completely. Break popcorn mixture into clusters. Store tightly covered.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Candy

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