Maple Popcorn is a local snack that everyone will enjoy

When I think of Spring, I think of maple syrup. It's so much better than sugar and and perfectly sweet, nature's candy. Here's a recipe for a delicious and easy treat to make at home. You can pick up the ingredients at the Ithaca Farmers Market and make everyone one in your house smile. I recently made this recipe for goodie bags for my son's birthday party. It was a huge hit! Pop the popcorn and place in a large bowl. image_2 Melt the butter and add the maple syrup. Bring to a boil and continue to cook until it reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. image_1 When the syrup reaches 300 degrees, pour it over the popcorn and toss until the popcorn is evenly coated. Sprinkle with salt to taste. image Transfer the popcorn to a baking sheet to cool. Once the popcorn is cool, break up the clumps and enjoy. Salted Maple Caramel Popcorn This recipe is adapted from epicurious.com by Stacey Weeks, nutritionist for Pure Food Mind and Body. 1/2 cup un-popped popcorn 1 1/2 cups pure maple syrup 1 stick of butter Salt to taste