How to Make Popcorn Balls
Popcorn is very simple to make so many recipes have evolved to add a little extra to popped corn. Popcorn balls would be one of these recipes, they are an old-fashioned treat for Christmas or anytime. This recipe for popcorn balls makes 12 medium sized balls.
- Moderately Easy
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 qts. popped popcorn
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
Pop 2 qts. popcorn - air-popped is best - and put in a large pan. Keep popcorn warm by placing it in a warm (about 200 degrees F) oven.
Put sugar, corn syrup, butter, 1/3 cup water and salt in a medium saucepan.
Place pan over medium heat and stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
Stop stirring and let syrup cook until it reaches 270 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.
Take popcorn out of oven and pour hot syrup over popcorn a little at a time, stirring constantly, until all popcorn is coated.
Let popcorn cool slightly, until you can handle it easily.
Grease your hands with butter and form popcorn into balls.
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