Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
My sister-in-law found this a couple years ago and started to bring it to bon fires and get-togethers. You would think this would be a difficult snack to make because of the way it tastes. The buttery pretzels, popcorn and brown sugar....talk about yummy!!! A extra hand when pouring the mixture over the popcorn comes in handy if you have a second set willing to help. Terrific snack to have at your next Super bowl event, bunko, car trip, the list goes on and on. My husband and I made batches of this, put it into a cute container, cellophane and a cute ornament on top....and instant gift to give to your neighbors, teachers, the list goes on and on. You can use seasonal m&m's if you want to change it up. ;) I hope you love this as much as we do. *Please note the M&M's will not adhere to all of the mixture, the same applies to the nuts.
- 4 quarts popped butter flavored microwave popcorn
- 5 cups small pretzels (If you can find them, use the square grid like pretzels)
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1⁄2 cup dark brown corn syrup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup pecans (you can use any kind of nut)
- 2 cups plain M&M's
- Place popcorn, pretzels, and nuts into a large bowl, set aside.
- In a heavy saucepan combine sugars, butter, corn syrup, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil.
- Cook and stir until candy thermometer reads 238 degrees (soft ball stage).
- Remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
- Quickly pour over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly.
- Turn mixture into two 13x9 baking pans.
- Bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes, then stir.
- Bake for an additional 25 minutes.
- Remove from over; pour onto wax paper
- Add M&M's, mix well and let cool.
- Break into clusters.
- Store in airtight containers for plastic bags.
Very impressed with this! Pretty easy to make, once I found a pot big enough to hold all the popcorn, pretzels and nuts (used one of my tamale pots). I had to make a couple partial subs, due to pantry item availability: I didn't have enough light brown sugar for 2 cups, so I used 1 cup light and 1 cup dark, and I didn't have any dark brown corn syrup, so I used whatever light corn syrup I had (just shy of what I required), and topped it off with a heaping spoonful of Lyle's Golden Syrup to make up the difference. For some unknown reason, I added M&M's to the first pan, then dumped it all in my pot to mix. That pan ended up very separate, with no clumps to break up, and no M&M's stuck to anything. The next pan, I sprinkled the M&M's over the sheet of caramel corn and let it cool untouched. I have to say, not one M&M stuck to anything in that pan either. That pan stayed in a sheet and had to be broken into pieces, but no M&M's stuck to anything, lol. Not a big deal, it just means that the mixture probably will need to be shaken up a bit to redistribute the candies so they don't all sink to the bottom of the container. Definitely not a deal-breaker, since the flavor of this is just fabulous! I ended up with two 15.7cup bowlfuls of caramel corn -- great for a potluck/party/holiday gifts. Thanks for posting! Made for PAC Spring 2014