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Maple Walnut Popcorn


  • 1 cup walnuts (may be toasted)
  • About 8 cups popcorn (popped)
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • 1 ½ cups pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Special equipment: a candy thermometer


  1. Toss together walnuts and popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. Line a large shallow baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Melt butter in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat.
  4. Add syrup and salt, then boil, without stirring, until mixture registers 300°F on thermometer, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Pour syrup over pecans and popcorn, stirring briskly with heat proof spoon.
  6. Immediately spread popcorn in baking pan. Cool completely, then break into bite-size pieces.