Friday, October 11, 2013

Homemade Cracker Jack in honor of our boys!

Had my Metro Health Fresh Start cooking class the other night, and we made this winner.  Then my boys won last night, so it's probably very appropriate to share this recipe.  A low fat, maple sugar smacked snack loaded with peanuts and cashews.   Mix this up for the next game, and the next,and the next...all the way to the World Series.  Oh, and don't forget....GO TIGERS!

Spicy Sweet Popcorn Mix

1/4 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
1 paper lunch bag

Place the kernels in the bag and fold over about 3 times.  Cook in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes on high power.  Don't walk away, the minute the kernels stop popping, remove the bag!

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 TBLS butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)
1 cup toasted cashews
1 cup roasted peanuts

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the sugar, syrup, butter, salt, and pepper in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Let boil for one minute, then remove from heat.  Let cool one minute.  Place popcorn, cashews and peanuts in a large bowl, sprayed with pan spray.  Pour the hot syrup evenly over the corn and toss well to coat. Immediately spread the corn on the parchment lined sheet and cool.  Store in an airtight container.

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