Saturday, September 10, 2011

Snap Crackle Popcorn

Thyme Together has issued a challenge.  Read the challenge here.

My response to the challenge:
Although I was never big on watching football games myself I was very much into supporting the team if I knew someone on the team or knew who I should be cheering on.
But mostly, I loved the thrill of the game.  When the kids were in high school we attended games for halftime so we could see our kids march.
Lee went to Abilene Christian College (at that time now University) and I had all of my children in school before I  attended college so I went locally to University of Texas at San Antonio which did not have a football team at the time.  Three out of four of our children attended Texas A&M and one stayed a year there, returning home to University of Texas at San Antonio.

So our allegiance is divided or united, however you look at it.  I can wear any color.

The snack food we loved to make and eat was most definitely Popcorn Candy

It is simple to make and makes a ton.
 Go here to see the recipe.

Popcorn Candy
16 cups popped corn
1 1/2 cups pecans
1 1/2 cups walnuts or peanuts
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Keep the popcorn and nuts in a roasting pan in the oven while you make the syrup.

In a heavy 2 quart saucepan mix sugar, butter, syrup, and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.

Take the popcorn out of the oven and pour the syrup over the popcorn and nuts and stir to get a good coverage over all.  Bake 1 hour stirring occasionally.  I usually set the timer for fifteen minute intervals and stirred.  I can not stir without taking a little taste test, too. 

When the hour is up take it out and turn it out on waxed paper and let cool.  Store it in airtight containers.

We used this for teachers' gifts and bus drivers' gifts.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I make this and it is wonderful! Great idea to post it now at the start of football season! I just add mixed nuts to mine.