Field editor Edna Hoffman of Hebron, Indiana writes, "These sweet chewy snacks are made from one of our state's most popular crops—popcorn! This version has a nice caramel color and flavor."
- 2 quarts popped popcorn
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water, corn syrup, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue cooking, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 270° (soft-crack stage).
- Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over popcorn; stir to coat. When cool enough to handle, quickly shape into balls. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Popcorn Balls in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p63
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