Naughty and Nice Blog Hop!

Naughty and Nice Blog HopJoin me for the Naughty and Nice Blog Hop, which runs from December 11 to December 16, 2013. For details, visit my website. The grand prize draw is for a Kindle Fire HDX 7″ loaded with ebooks. And in addition to the many blog hop prizes, if you subscribe to my Newsletter, you’ll be eligible to win 1 of 5 free copies of my books (winner’s choice).

And now, whether you’re naughty or nice during this holiday season, I’d like to repost my family’s favorite Christmas treat.

Sheila’s Poppycock Recipe

1 cup pecan halves

1 cup whole un-blanched almonds

8 cups popped popcorn

1 1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup margarine

1/2 cup golden corn syrup

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 tsp. soda

1 tsp. vanilla

Sheila's Poppycock RecipeHeat oven to 300 degrees. Spread pecans and almonds on an ungreased cookie sheet and toast lightly. In a very large unbuttered bowl, mix nuts and popcorn together.

In a small heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, margarine, corn syrup and cream of tartar. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water, approximately four minutes. Note: if you like your poppycock less chewy, then cook until the mixture forms a hard ball when dropped into cold water, approximately five minutes.

Remove from stove and stir in the soda and vanilla. Be careful because the addition of the soda makes the mixture foam up.

Pour over the popcorn and nut mix. With a wooden spoon, stir until evenly coated. Leave in bowl until the poppycock is partially cooled but make sure you stir it once in a while to keep the mixture from forming into one hard ball.

When the popcorn and nuts have cooled some, dump it on to the countertop or on large cookie sheets and continue to stir occasionally until fully cooled. I usually leave it out overnight and every time I walk by, I stir it to break it apart. Someone will no doubt sneak a piece or two but that’s okay because it’s easy to make a second batch.

This makes a wonderful Christmas gift. I like to put it into jars and tins to give to family and friends. Enjoy and happy holidays!

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About Sheila Seabrook

Author of Single Title Romantic Comedy and Women's Fiction

Posted on December 11, 2013, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to the hop!

    • Christy, the recipe is sinful. 🙂 I always spread it on my countertop to cool, and by the time it’s ready to be put away, I usually have to make another batch to replace the first. LOL

  2. Oh, yum, that recipe sounds great. And a Kindle full of books would make a great Christmas surprise!

    • Andrea, this recipe should be locked away, it’s that delicious. Of course, I’m a caramel lover and if you cook the candy till it’s at the soft ball stage, it’s just like chewing on caramels. 🙂

  3. Sheila, love the recipe … I remember you posted this once before but I didn’t write it down. Now I did. Also love the blog hop 🙂

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