Candy Cane & Cranberry Caramel Corn

16
Easy
Desserts

Characteristics

Kid Approved Without nuts Vegetarian

Nutritional Facts Per Serving

230
Calories
1 g
Protein
27 g
Carbs
1 g
fiber
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Nutritional Facts

1 16
  • Amount For Serving % Daily Value
  • Calories 230
  • Lipides 13 g
    • Saturated fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol 30 mg
  • Sodium  125 mg
  • Carbs 27 g
    • fiber  1 g
    • Sugar  20 g
  • Protein 1 g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • ½ cup (125 mL) popcorn kernels
  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  • ½ cup (125 mL) dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) crushed candy canes

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F (120°C). Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat canola oil 30 sec. over high heat. Add popcorn kernels and cover with lid. Shaking saucepan often, pop kernels (about 4 min.). When popping slows to every 2 or 3 sec., remove pot from heat. Wait for popping to stop, then remove lid and transfer popcorn into large bowl (about 12 cups/3 L popcorn).
  3. In medium saucepan, combine butter, sugar and brown rice syrup. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and let bubble about 5 min., or until mixture turns a darker amber than original colour of rice syrup. Remove from heat and stir in (in this order): vanilla, salt and baking soda. Mixture will foam after addition of baking soda; continue stirring a few sec. until foaming subsides. Working quickly, pour sugar mixture, cranberries and candy canes over popcorn; mix well.
  4. Spread popcorn mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 30 min., or until coating is dark golden. Remove from oven; stir popcorn with heatproof spatula to distribute ingredients evenly. Cool completely, about 15 min. Break into pieces to serve.

TIP: For added crunch, substitute cranberries with 1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced almonds, or 1/4 cup (60 mL) each sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds.

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