Healthier caramel corn

Yield: 8 to 12 cups

Measure Ingredient
¾ cup Maple syrup
3 tablespoons Butter (see note)
2 tablespoons Sucanat (opt., see note)
¼ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Baking soda
¼ teaspoon Vanilla
½ cup Nuts (opt., adds fat)
8 cups (to 12) Popped popcorn (see note)

SHARED BY IRIS GRAYSON

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Combine syrup, butter, Sucanat and salt in saucepan until butter is melted. Boil without stirring 3 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla (add nuts if using).

Pour over popcorn. Mix well. Place on 2 large cook sheets.

Bake for 15 minut4es. Cool. Break into pieces. Freezes well.

NOTES:

~ Butter is easier to digest than margarine. Can be reduced to 1 tablespoon.

~ Sucanat is a natural sweetener found in health food stores. Can be omitted.

~To save time, purchase a 16-ounce bag of pre-popped plain popcorn.

Source: Nicola B. Godfrey, Copley News Service in THE NEWS TRIBUNE, 11/95.

Submitted By IRIS GRAYSON On 12-11-95

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