Apple Popcorn Brittle

Apple Popcorn Brittle

1 quart popped popcorn*
2 cups apple and cinnamon flavored cereal
1 cup cocktail peanuts
3/4 cup apple juice
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt

1.In a bowl, toss together popped popcorn, cereal and peanuts. Set aside.

2.Butter sides of a heavy 2 quart saucepan. In saucepan, combine apple juice, sugar, corn syrup, vinegar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves and mixture begins to boil. Cook to hard ball stage, 250F (120C) on a candy thermometer.

3.Remove from heat. Pour syrup over popcorn-cereal-peanut mixture; toss to coat.

4.Spread in a buttered 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch baking pan. Cool until hardened. Break into pieces.Makes about 1 1/2 quarts.

*1 ounce of unpopped popcorn kernels (2 tablespoons household measure) makes approximately 1 quart of popped popcorn.