American Pistachio Popcorn

Rating: 
Yield: 
2 quarts.
Ingredients: 

2 Quarts popped popcorn
1/2 cup Butter or margarine
3/4 cup Packed brown sugar
1/4 cup Light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Soda
1 cup Shelled natural American pistachios

Instructions: 

Keep popcorn warm in 250°F. oven while preparing coating. Melt butter in large saucepan; stir in sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to boil; stir constantly. Reduce heat to medium; boil without stirring for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; quickly stir in vanilla and soda. Place popcorn in large, heat-proof bowl; slowly pour syrup over popcorn while stirring. Add pistachios; mix thoroughly. Turn into greased 15-1/4 x 10-1/4 x 3/4-inch baking pan; bake at 250°F. 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven; cool. Break into serving-sized pieces. Store in tightly covered container.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!