Vegetable cooking spray
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup nuts
9 cups popped popcorn
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray. Fill with popcorn and nuts.
Place maple syrup in heavy saucepan over medium heat. Cook until maple syrup reaches 236º on a candy thermometer.
Immediately pour maple syrup over popcorn and nuts and toss using a large spoon lightly coated with cooking oil spray. Be careful—it's hot!
Immediately scoop about 1/4 cup of the mixture and place on lined cookie sheets. Repeat. Working quickly. Placing clumps of nutty maple popcorn 1/2" apart. Irregular shapes are fine. Let cool to harden. Store in a sealed container.
Yield: about 10 cups
Obadiah Ranney, Bridport