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Cranberry Nut Crunch Popcorn

Cranberry Nut Crunch Popcorn

I love making food gifts for the holidays and since popcorn, nuts and berries are three of my favorite foods, it just seems natural to combine them into something gift-able.

I think I might keep this one for myself, though. It’s so yummy.

Cranberry Nut Crunch Popcorn

Cranberry Nut Crunch Popcorn

  • 10 – 12 cups of popped plain popcorn
  • 2 cups of nuts (I used 1 cup of almonds, 1 cup of walnuts)
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. cranberry-apple juice concentrate
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 T. ginger sugar (This is from my candied ginger recipe … if you don’t have any ginger sugar, just use 1/4 t. ginger in its place)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins … I found some that are sweetened with pomegranate juice! Isn’t that cool?)

Directions:

  1. Pop the popcorn and mix it with the nuts. Lay the popcorn/nut mixture on a large flat pan and set aside.
  2. Mix the spices, sugar, juice concentrate and oil in a small bowl till the brown sugar is dissolved and everything is well mixed.
  3. With a spoon, drizzle the spice/juice mixture over the popcorn and nuts.
  4. Bake at 300 degrees F. for 45 minutes to an hour or so, stirring every 15 minutes, until the popcorn and nuts are crunchy, not soggy.
  5. Stir in 1 cup of dried cranberries. I am thinking some chunks of candied ginger or pretzels would also be good in the mix.
  6. Store in an airtight container, like a jar or a pretty tin.

Cranberry Nut Crunch Popcorn

This recipe was shared at Totally Tasty Tuesdays, Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, the Newlyweds Recipe LinkyWonka Wednesdays, and EveryDay Mom’s Meals.

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14 responses

  1. sweetopiagirl

    Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

    December 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

  2. Ann this looks sooooo good!

    December 4, 2011 at 7:43 am

  3. Ann

    Thank you both! :)

    December 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

  4. Are you bringing some for Christmas????

    December 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    • Ann

      Sure I will bring some! :)

      December 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

  5. Oh boy. I think I need some of this. I think I could argue that this is “health food,” don’t you?

    December 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

  6. Ann

    oh yes movita! definitely! :)

    December 6, 2011 at 10:32 am

  7. Mo

    this sounds amazing. I am definitely going to make this! thanks for the recipe.

    December 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm

  8. Wow, this really looks tasty! And what a great gift idea!

    December 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

  9. You’re going to think I’m stalking you, well maybe I am, but you are just posting such yummy goodness. I can’t help myself!

    December 7, 2011 at 5:56 pm

  10. Joan you can stalk my blog anytime! :)

    December 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

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  12. Mo

    ok, reporting back to say I just made this, and it is magical! not only does my house smell AMAZING but it tastes so so good! I think I am going to have to make another batch, since this one is intended for neighbours, but it doesn’t look like it will make it to them :)

    December 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

  13. Ann

    Mo you made my day! I am so so very happy that you like it! … and that reminds me, I promised my sister I would make some for Christmas! I better get on that!

    December 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

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