Popcorn Balls Recipe
Popcorn Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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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."
Recommended: Holiday Popcorn
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Popcorn Balls in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p63

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 331 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 446mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

  • 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
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Popcorn Balls in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p63

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