Ring in the New Year with a bowl of Cinnamon Pecan Drizzled Popcorn!

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Need a yummy snack to ring in the New Year?

Are you going nuts about the New Year?  Maybe you have been trying to figure out what your New Year resolution will be? Well, one suggestion is, make sure you make this yummy popcorn mix to ring in the New Year!  You won’t regret it!

We are going nuts over a few new recipes that I have been trying out over the Christmas break.  Over the next several weeks, we will bring you a recipe each week using pecans.  However, if you are allergic to pecans or nuts in general, you can always omit them from the recipe, and it will still taste just as yummy as ever! The pecans are just an added bonus!

If I had to choose a favorite nut to bake with it, it would definitely
be the pecan.  Although, it is one of the
most expensive nuts to buy in the store, in my opinion, it has the best
flavor.  If you are lucky and have a
pecan tree, then it makes it even better for you because you can have an abundance
of pecans to cook and eat with!  This
past summer, we planted pecan trees, so I’m hoping they continue to grow and thrive.
However, I believe it’s about 15 years before you really have good successful
pecans growing and falling.  So, the plan
is to have my grandkids pick up pecans for me to have lots to bake and eat when
I get older! 

We planted our trees on some family land. The trick to
growing pecan trees it always planting two together.  You cannot just plant one.  You need two to pollinate together.  Pecan trees have both male and female
flowers.  They will not blossom at the
same time either.  So, you when you go to
purchase the pecan trees, make sure they have two different types of flowers
blooming hence the male and female flowers. 
This way, they will pollinate, and your trees will flourish.

But, now on to the yummy recipe!  How about a yummy snack to ring in the new
year?  This snack is easy, fast, cheap and
great for any party time.  I even made
little snack bags of this yummy snack and passed them out at Christmas time to my
coworkers.  It’s so delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 5 Bags Of Popped Microwaved Buttered Popcorn
  • 2 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ cup of Cinnamon
  • 2 Cups of Chopped Pecans
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • 1-gallon Ziplock bag

Sweet Cinnamon Drizzle Sauce:

  • ½ cup Melted margarine
  • 2 tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of Milk
  • 2 cups of Powdered Sugar

Directions: 

Pop the microwave popcorn as directed on the box, and place
in a large bowl.  In the Ziplock bag, add
1 cup of powdered sugar and 2, tablespoons of cinnamon.  Seal the bag and then give it a shake.  Now, scoop out some of the popped popcorn and
put inside the Ziplock bag.  Seal and
shake again. 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Now, lay the popcorn out evenly on the cookie sheet.  Drop 1 cup of the chopped pecans evenly throughout the popcorn.

Popcorn and Pecans ready for the yummy drizzling sauce!

In another bowl, mix the margarine, milk, cinnamon, and
powdered sugar to make the sweet drizzling sauce.  Drizzle the sauce over the popcorn and then place
the popcorn mix in the oven.  You will
bake this for 15 minutes; however, you will need to stir the popcorn every five
minutes.  So, bake for 5 minutes and remove
from the oven.  Use a spoon to toss the
popcorn in the sauce and return to popcorn to the oven.  Bake for another 5 minutes, and then remove
and toss the popcorn again.  Return to
the oven for 5 more minutes.  After this
last five minutes of cooking, remove from the oven, sit the popcorn to the side
and let it completely cool before placing into a bowl for your party friends to
enjoy!

Extra yummy add-in:  White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks

In one batch of the popcorn, I added white chocolate covered
pretzels to the mix.  I made the white
chocolate covered pretzels with white almond bark according to the
directions.  Once they had cooled and
harden, I broke the pretzel sticks in half before adding to my popcorn
mix. 

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Kimberly Boyd

Kimberly Boyd

In life, I have found the things that matter the most to me would be my faith in God, family and friends. However, each of these things and people always need to be accompanied with a big dose of laughter, lots of fun, good music, and tons of yummy delicious food! What better way to enjoy each moment in life?

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