Apricot Popcorn Mix
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Scary-Simple Popcorn Mix

Easier and just as tasty as popcorn balls.
Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 10 cups popped popcorn, lightly salted Or, one pkg microwave popcorn, popped
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped about 4 ounces
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp apricot jam or other fruit jam or jelly
  • 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon


  • MIX popcorn, apricots and almonds in a large bowl.
  • COMBINE  butter, jam, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small (1 quart) saucepan, or 2 cup microwave safe bowl..
  • BOIL over medium heat, or microwave on high, stirring frequently for about 3 minutes until syrupy and soft-ball stage, 234 to 240ºF on a candy thermometer. (Without a candy thermometer, test mixture by placing a droplet in a dish of ice water.  At soft-ball stage the droplet will form a soft ball that flattens when pinched between fingers.)
  • DRIZZLE sugar syrup over popcorn and fruit mixture, stirring quickly until evenly coated and cool.  Serve the same day to retain crispness, or place in a sealed plastic bag for up to 1 day.


Adult supervision should be provided for children working with hot sugar syrup.