Advent Stocking 2

Brother’s pick:

Advent 2 “Pop some popcorn and flavor it with something interesting.”

We chose caramel, pretzels and peanuts and the result was sinfully yummy.” (from AllRecipes.com)  The cousins came over for a belated movie night. (“A Charlie Brown Christmas“) and this was our treat after Frito Chili Pies.

About the stocking itself:  Sister said, “See it’s a three but someone will count the circles and say, ‘Hey, that’s not three – it’s four.” and then I will say, ‘That’s right. It’s a trick.'”

Caramel, Peanut, Pretzel Popcorn
8 cups broken salted pretzels
20 cups popped popcorn
4 cups dry roasted peanuts
3 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Place the pretzels, popcorn and peanuts into a large paper bag or, if you have one, a very large bowl. Set aside.  In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter.  Cook, stirring to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar, until the mixture comes to a boil. Once the mixture is at a full boil, continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from the heat, and stir in the salt, vanilla, and baking soda. The mixture will foam up when you add the soda, so use a long spoon to stir. Immediately pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn and pretzels in the bag. Shake until evenly coated. For a crispier treat, boil the sugar mixture longer, or bake the finished mix in the oven at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 10 minutes.

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