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Fun Food: Apple Popcorn Brittle

Here's an unusually different version of everyone's favorite peanut brittle candy. This one adds apple flavor and popcorn for a wonderful and unique flavor. Great go along for a unit study of apples.


1 quart popped popcorn
2 cups apple and cinnamon flavored cereal
1 cup cocktail peanuts
3/4 cup apple juice
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. In a bowl, toss together popped popcorn, cereal and peanuts. Set aside.

2. Butter sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In a saucepan, combine apple juice, sugar, corn syrup, vinegar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Cook to hard ball stage (250 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer).

3. Remove from heat. Pour syrup over popcorn-cereal-peanut mixture; toss to coat. Spread in a buttered 15 1/2 10 1/2 1-inch baking pan. Cool until hardened. Break into pieces.


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