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Sweet and Sassy Popcorn and Nuts



Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water.
Heat and stir the mixture until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove the saucepan from the stove.
When the mixture has cooled, stir in the nuts to coat with the sugar mixture.
Add the salt and cayenne pepper.
taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Place a piece of parchment on a baking sheet.
Spread the nuts out onto the sheet and place them in the oven to dry.
Remove and cool.
Set aside until you pop the popcorn.
In a pot with high sides and a tight fitting lid, add the oil and brown sugar.
Stir to combine.
Toss in 3 kernels of popcorn and with the lid off, heat the oil and kernels on high heat.
When the first two kernels of popcorn have popped, remove the pot from the stove and add the remaining popcorn kernels and place the lid on the pot.
Return the pot to the stove and begin shaking the pot constantly until you can not long hear the popcorn pop.
Remove the pot from the stove immediately, and carefully pour the popcorn into a large bowl.
Sprinkle with salt.
Add the cooled nuts to the popcorn and toss to combine.