*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                         PECAN CASHEW POPCORN BALLS
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Snacks                           Holiday
                 Kids                             Halloween
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       c            Sugar
    1       c            Brown sugar -- firm pack
    1       c            Light corn syrup
      2/3   c            Water
    1       lb           Butter
    2       c            Pecan halves -- toasted
    2       c            Cashews -- lightly toasted
    8       c            Popped popcorn
   Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup
   and water in a heavy pan fitted with a candy
   thermometer and place over high heat. Bring mixture to
   a boil and add the butter, stirring until it has
   melted. Continue cooking until the mixture reached
   350~, 20-30 minutes. In a LARGE, lightly oiled bowl,
   toss the nuts and popcorn together. Carefully pour the
   hot syrup over the popcorn- nut mixture. Carefully,
   but quickly, toss the mixture with a long-handled
   wooden spoon to coat the popcorn and nuts completely
   with syrup. As soon as the mixture is cool enough to
   handle, quickly shape into 3 balls and place the
   balls onto a nonstick or lightly oiled baking sheet to
   coool. Store, tightly wrapped, in a cool place. Wrap
   popcorn balls individually in squares of amber
   cellophane, tied up with gold or orange and black
   ribbon (these are meant for Halloween). Or pile the
   balls together into a basket with red apples and wrap
   the basket up in cellophane with orange and black
   ribbon. Or place the balls in a brown paper bag and
   tie with a ribbon.
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