The other night my hubby and I were watching a movie and he wanted something...you know something crunchy, salty and sweet. Junk Food. Crunch n Munch is one of his favorite junk foods but because of cost it rarely finds its way into our home. Not to mention the children will find it and inhale it like the air they breathe. I occasionally find it at the discount store for a dollar a box, but the boxes are small and half empty so even discounted it seems like a waste of money. So I started looking around yesterday to see what I could do to satisfy that next craving for something crunchy that he might get. I wound up having all the ingredients to make my own crunch n munch. I made a ton of it and it probably only cost me the same price as buying one box. Here is the recipe that I used.
About 7 cups of popped popcorn
2 cups of almonds
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
1/2 cup of maple syrup( can use corn syrup instead)
I popped the popcorn, enough so that I had about 7 cups or so after popping. Then I placed the popcorn and the almonds in a very large roasting pan. I then placed the sugar, butter and syrup into a sauce pot and brought it to a boil. I let it boil for a minute or so until it was good and creamy. I then added the vanilla and stirred really well. I then poured some (not all)over the popcorn, sprinkled with salt and mixed. I kept repeating this process until I was out of caramel and all the popcorn was coated well. Then I place it in a preheated 250 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. I kept stirring and mixing the popcorn every 15 minutes while in the oven. This came out really well and is soooooo good. There will be enough for everyone to have a snack for the whole week. He was delighted when he got home and was greeted with a kiss and his favorite junk food. Incidentally, he said it was better than the store bought stuff. It takes so little to make him happy! Blessings all, Kat