Of course this is tasty to enjoy yourself but it makes great little gifts when packaged in airtight jars.
2 cups sugar
2 cups light brown sugar, packed firm
2 cups light cream
1 tsp soft butter
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole almonds or pecans
6 cups popped popcorn, with any unpopped kernels removed
Combine the sugars and cream in a saucepan; stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil without stirring, uncovered, until syrup reaches 235-240 degrees on a candy thermometer (soft-ball stage). Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Beat syrup mixture with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon until thickened. Add the vanilla extract, nuts, and popcorn; mix well. Pour onto sheets of parchment paper to cool. Break apart the larger pieces and package in airtight jars.
Tie a pretty ribbon suitable to the gifting occasion around the jar when giving as a gift.