03 Jan

Popcorn Balls

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey
10 cups popped popcorn
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
2/3 cup molasses
1 tsp. Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Salt
3 Tbsp. Butter or Margarine.
Put sugar, water, molasses, vinegar and salt into a large sauce pan. Heat and stir until the mixture starts to boil. Boil gently, without stirring, until the mixture reaches the hard ball stage*. Remove from heat. Add the butter or margarine. Put the popped popcorn in a large bow, and pour the candy mixture over the popcorn. Mix until all the popcorn is coated with syrup. Form into balls. Makes 12-15 popcorn balls. For extra Halloween fun, add orange food coloring to the mixture, and decorate the balls like jack-o-lanterns with licorice sticks for the face.

*Hard ball stage is 270 degrees F or when you drop a bit in cold water and it forms a hard ball.

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