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Caramel Pretzel Nut Popcorn

Rated as 4.69 out of 5 Stars

"This is a very good holiday treat the my kids can't get enough of. It combines the sweetness of caramel with the saltiness of pretzels, nuts and popcorn. There is no mess because it is mixed in a large throw-away brown bag!"
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35 m servings 378
Original recipe yields 32 servings (32 cups)


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  1. Place the pretzels, popcorn and peanuts into a large paper bag or, if you have one, a very large bowl. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 378 calories; 21.4 43 6.8 23 617 Full nutrition

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I made this recipe last night. Some of the reviews mentioned how the popcorn stuck to the paper bag. I solved that problem by lightly spraying the inside of the bag with Pam. It worked like a...

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While this was tasty, I thought there wasn't quite enough sauce. Spraying the bag is a must and thank the reviewer for that. Shaking the bag didn't quite get it done, so I stirred the contents o...

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I made this recipe last night. Some of the reviews mentioned how the popcorn stuck to the paper bag. I solved that problem by lightly spraying the inside of the bag with Pam. It worked like a...

I made this recipe for a holiday party and gave the leftovers to the host. Another person in their family is anti-sweets and gave the leftovers back to us. The host actually called and asked u...

YUM! I modified it because I'm lazy like that. 2 bags of microwave popcorn, crushed up pretzels and chopped up pecans with the brown sugar base. 10 extra minutes in the oven definitely did th...

What a yummy treat...Even better then crunch and munch and cracker jacks. I only had 2 cups peanuts so I threw in 2 cups almonds. Next time I'll try cashews. Soo good. I did skip the paperbag m...

This recipe is great except it doesn't mention what turns out to be the most important part of making caramel corn. After making a first batch with clumps of caramel mixed in with plain parts wi...

I made this today for Christmas gift baskets. It made a lot of treats and turned out great. I did bake it on parchment lined cookie sheets for a few minutes after pouring on the carmel. I will m...

GREAT..but a couple changes make it AMAZING... used 2 bags of (lowfat-ha ha) kettle corn. made exactly to directions using pretzels and cashews. Put in large stainless bowl sprayed w/cook spra...

This caramel is perfect! I did a half batch, using one bag of low-fat butter-flavored microwave popcorn. I broke the pretzels by hand, which was time-consuming (next time, I'll stick the pretzel...

WOW really good!! I didn't have a paper bag so I mixed it in a large stock pot. This is the second time I've made this...the first batch went really fast. I doubled the recipe this time, but...