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If I've said it once, I've said it one hundred times since my celiac diagnosis: I LOVE to eat. (OK, let's be honest. I said it a million times before my celiac disease kicked in a few years ago.) So I don't like to be left out of the good stuff when a party is in order. And nothing says "party" like "flavored popcorn," am I right?
The problem of being gluten-free and picking up a bag of gourmet fancy popcorn at the store, is that you don't know exactly what they mean by "natural flavors." After all, barley malt is a "natural flavor" so you also have to look for the "gluten-free" certification while you're at it. Which is why I like to make my own dang treats when I can, so I know it won't make me sick after. Like this delicious gluten-free maple pecan popcorn! I know what's in it, and what's in it is delicious.
Maple Pecan Popcorn
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes
8 cups plain popcorn, popped
1 cup pecans, toasted
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Combine toasted pecans and popped popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
2. Line a large baking sheet with foil, then spray oil on top of foil. Spray oil on top of mixing spoon as well.
3. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add maple syrup and salt without stirring, and insert candy thermometer into mixture. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until thermometer reaches 300.
4. When thermometer reaches 300 degrees, remove mixture from heat and pour over popcorn and pecan mixture. USe oiled spoon to stir, then transfer onto baking sheet. Allow to cool, then break apart and serve.