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Old Fashioned Halloween Popcorn Balls

Submitted by on October 4, 2017 – 8:30 amNo Comment

Halloween Popcorn Balls

Halloween Treats: Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls

The signs of fall are upon us, even if the weather hasn’t caught up yet. High school football games, Homecoming parades, store shelves bursting with candy and costumes, they are all just around the corner. This is a great treat to make with the kids, so tie on your apron and let’s get started. This recipe makes ten 3-inch round popcorn balls.

Ingredients for Halloween Popcorn Balls

2 cups white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
5 quarts popped popcorn – equals about ½ cup unpopped kernels (avoid microwave popcorn – traditional poppers or hot air popped corn work best)

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter and water. Stir and cook to hard-crack stage or 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Remove from heat, add vanilla or vinegar; mix well. (Note: Use a candy thermometer, if possible, to measure the temperature. Test a drop of the mixture in a cup of very cold water when you think it is ready. The drop of syrup should harden immediately and become brittle when broken.)

Pour slowly over popped popcorn while stirring. Wait 5 minutes and shape into 3 inch round balls. (Tip: Use plastic storage bags or disposable kitchen gloves on your hands while shaping. This will keep the mixture from sticking to your hands.)

Optional add-ons

You can add a few drops of food coloring to the syrup mixture to create colored popcorn balls.

Add variety with other ingredients such as chocolate chips, candy corn, M&Ms, nuts or marshmallows.

Dip your popcorn balls in melted chocolate and set of wax paper to set.

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