American Pistachio Popcorn

American Pistachio Popcorn


  • 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 extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shelled natural American pistachios


  1. Keep popcorn warm in 250 degrees F oven while preparing coating.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from heat; quickly stir in vanilla extract and baking soda.
  4. Place popcorn in large, heat-proof bowl; slowly pour syrup over popcorn while stirring. Add pistachios; mix thoroughly.
  5. Turn into a greased 15-1/4 x 10-1/4 x 3/4-inch baking pan; bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven; cool.
  7. Break into serving-sized pieces.
  8. Store in tightly covered container.

Yield: 2 quarts

Recipe and photo used with permission from: American Pistachio Growers