Cherry-Almond Popcorn Clusters

Difficulty: Easy

Recipe Ingredients:

5 quarts popped popcorn, unsalted
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup red glace cherries, quartered
1/2 cup toasted blanched whole almonds

Cooking Instructions:

Keep popcorn warm in a 300-degree Fahrenheit oven. In a heavy medium-sized saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Bring to a boil; clip candy thermometer to pan. Cook syrup to 250 degrees (hard ball stage). Stir in almond extract. Scatter cherries and almonds over the popcorn. Slowly pour syrup over all, toss lightly to coat evenly. Spread popcorn on buttered cookie sheet. Cool. Separate into cluster with a fork.

Additional Comments:

Serves: 6 quarts

Contributor: Wabash Valley Farms