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Old-Time Popcorn Balls recipe

Candied popcorn balls are favorite treatfor autumn parties.

Recipe: Old-Time PopcornBalls

2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 quarts popped corn

  • Butter sides of large saucepan. In itcombine the sugar, water, salt, syrup and vinegar. Cook mixtureover medium heat to the hard ball stage (250°F / 120°C)or when a small amount is dropped in cold water and forms a ballthat holds its shape but is pliable.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.Slowly pour over popped corn, stirring just to mix well.
  • Butter hands slightly; shape into balls.Wrap each individually in decorative cellophane paper or plasticwrap and tie with a pretty ribbon, if desired.

    Makes 15 to 20 popcorn balls.

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    This recipe is for traditional molasses popcorn balls with a little extra kick from the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg.

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