Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Candy Cane Popcorn

4 qts. popped corn (can be measured using a 2 qt. pitcher)
2 c. whole nuts
3 c. mini marshmallows
1 1/2 c. spiced gumdrops
1 c. butter
1 1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Mix popcorn nuts, marshmallows and gumdrops in large mixing bowl. Melt butter in large saucepan, add sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Simmer 3 minutes. Add vanilla. Blend well. Pour over popcorn mixture. Mix well. Let stand 2 minutes to cool. With dampened hands, shape mixture into candy canes, balls, or whatever you would like. Arrange on wax paper to set. Wrap in plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Yields: 9 large servings.