Halloween is quickly approaching, and what better snack for your spooky parties and gatherings than maple popcorn! It is simple to make and a good alternative to caramel corn made with corn syrup.
Want to share the recipe with trick-or-treat guests? One fun idea for a cool presentation is putting popcorn in clear, plastic gloves and sealing them with festive ribbon…and don’t forget a spooky spider ring! The little ghouls and guys will love these spooktacular homemade snacks over the usual hard candy party handouts.
Yield: 4-6 servings
5 cups air popped popcorn
1/2 cup pure Canadian maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 T butter or vegetable oil
Lightly butter or oil the inside of a bowl or casserole dish large enough to hold the popcorn. Butter a large mixing spoon. Set aside.
Place pure Canadian maple syrup, in a heavy-bottomed, non-reactive saucepot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and continue boiling until the mixture reaches 236 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Place popcorn and nuts in the mixing bowl and drizzle the hot caramel over the popcorn. Working quickly, stir with oiled spoon until all popcorn is coated with caramel.
Cool and store in airtight containers or enjoy immediately!