Recipe Source: bhg.com
Ingredients: Cook: 15 minutes, Prep: 30 minutes
12 cups popped popcorn (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup unpopped)
2 cups peanuts
1/2 cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup light molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
Remove all unpopped kernels from popped corn. In a greased 17x12x2-inch baking pan combine popped corn, peanuts, chocolate pieces, and raisins. Set pan aside.
Butter the sides of a heavy 3-quart saucepan. In the saucepan combine sugar, water, molasses, and salt. Cook over medium-high heat to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar. This should take about 5 minutes. Avoid splashing mixture on sides of pan. Carefully clip candy thermometer to side of pan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 250 degree F, hardball stage. Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate over entire surface. Reaching hardball stage should take about 10 minutes.
Remove saucepan from heat; remove candy thermometer from saucepan. Pour sugar mixture over the popcorn mixture; stir gently to coat the popcorn mixture. Cool until popcorn mixture can be handled easily. Use buttered hands to shape mixture into 3-inch logs, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each log in clear plastic wrap. Makes about 36 logs.
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