Popcorn Clusters with Honey-Roasted Peanuts
Serves: Makes about 10 cups
  • 1 package (3 ounces) natural flavor microwave popcorn
  • 2½ cups sugar
  • ½ teaspoon distilled or cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ⅔ cup honey-roasted peanuts
  1. Following package instructions, pop popcorn. Bring sugar and ½ cup water to simmer over medium-low heat in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot or Dutch oven, stirring frequently without scraping down sides, to dissolve sugar. Once mixture starts to simmer increase heat to medium, stop stirring and continue to simmer, jiggling pan occasionally to ensure even cooking (it may look like it’s turning grainy, but keep cooking until it is dark amber and fragrant, about 10 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low; add vinegar, butter, and peanuts and stir until butter melts. Off the heat, stir in popcorn, and when evenly coated, turn into a vegetable cooking spray-coated 13- by 9-inch pan.
  3. Let stand until cool and brittle, about 30 minutes. Using a meat mallet or other heavy blunt tool, crack into a clusters and store in an airtight tin.
Recipe by Three Many Cooks at https://threemanycooks.com/recipes/nibbles-and-apps/popcorn-clusters-with-honey-roasted-peanuts/