Serving Size:
1-1/2 ounces (about 1/2 cup)

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein


  • 5-1/2 cups popcorn, air-popped without salt or fat
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Line a baking sheet with foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place popped popcorn in a large, zip-top plastic bag; seal. Crush popcorn using a meat mallet or rolling pin; set aside.
  3. Combine sugar, syrup and 1/4 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 270° F (about 8 minutes).
  4. Stir in molasses and butter. Cook until thermometer registers 290° F (about 5 minutes). 
  5. Stir in baking soda, vanilla and salt. 
  6. Stir crushed popcorn into boiling syrup mixture and remove from heat.
  7. Working quickly, pour popcorn mixture onto prepared pan. Spread to 1/4″ thickness using a wooden spoon coated with cooking spray.
  8. Cool completely; break into large pieces.   

Helpful hints

  • Store brittle in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Not recommended for people with diabetes due to high sugar content.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 160

Protein 0 g

Carbohydrates 38 g

Fat 1 g

Cholesterol 3 mg

Sodium 112 mg

Potassium 88 mg

Phosphorus 15 mg

Calcium 13 mg

Fiber 0.5 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1/2 starch
  • 1-1/2 high calorie

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