Popcorn always make a crowd-pleasing snack...but you can make it into a chewy, sweet delight with this classic recipe.—American Pop Corn Co., Sioux City, Iowa
- 2 quarts popped popcorn
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup light or dark corn syrup
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place popcorn in a baking pan and keep warm in a 200° oven. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, stir together the sugar, corn syrup, water, butter and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
- Continue cooking without stirring until the temperature reaches 270° on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat. Add vanilla; stir just enough to mix. Slowly pour over the popcorn. Cool just enough to handle. Shape with buttered hands. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls in Country Woman November/December 1993, p36
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