One of our favorite things about this time of year is that snacking on sweet treats is not only socially acceptable, but encouraged. That’s why we were so excited to see this recipe from Jacquelyn Clark, the gal behind popular design blog Lark & Linen. It combines two of our favorite things – popcorn and cinnamon buns – and is a great dish for holiday entertaining or as a post-Thanksgiving snack. Of course, you can’t keep this delicious flavor to yourself! Pair it with a few great DVDs and a cozy throw and you’ve got an excellent gift for the holiday season. Enjoy:

12 cups popped popcorn (1/2 cup kernels)
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp. real vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

Mix pecans and popped popcorn in large bowl.

In a medium size saucepan, melt brown sugar, cinnamon, corn syrup and butter over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a rolling boil.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda. At this point, the mixture will foam up and rise very quickly.

Pour overtop the popcorn/pecans and toss to coat.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tinfoil and evenly spread out the popcorn mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10. Then remove from oven, let cool completely and break into pieces.

TIP: This is best served with your favorite holiday movie. Happy snacking!