Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
The kids love helping me make these. They are wonderful for school party treats. Also, you can add almonds or peanuts for an extra flair.
- 8 -10 cups popped popcorn
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- Put popped corn in large bowl. Combine sugars, syrup, water, vinegar and salt in a 2 quart sauce pan. Heat to boiling over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Once it starts boiling stir constantly until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a ball (hard ball stage). Reduce heat to low and stir in butter until melted. Pour syrup over popcorn in bowl, stirring until well coated. Let cool slightly. Butter hands and shape into balls.
These were REALLY easy! Somehow I missed the water in the recipe, but they came out perfect without it. The key to getting them to stick together was to wait until the popcorn/syrup mixture was almost room temperature. Like other reviewers, I was able to add additional popcorn (I had made too much, anyway). When I made my second batch, I spooned it into muffin tins until it cooled down, then they were a snap to form into balls. Also with my second batch, I ran out of corn syrup so I used a little molasses and they came out well, too.
BRAVO!!!!!! By far the easiest and best caramel popcorn balls, I found that I just need to be patient and follow just like you say...I made a batch from a different resipe-did not even compair. Thank you so much, Im sure my grandkids are going to love them if there are any left after my husband finishes with them, they are a 5 star from him too.... Thank you again.
Oochie, ouchie...I'm blistered from tongue to toe from the hot caramel, but it didn't matter. I was just so happy that I didn't burn the popcorn for a change. Oh, I had to hurriedly pop additional popcorn, otherwise these would have been a little heavy on the caramel. A good, good old time favorite. Made for Alphabet Soup Tag.