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    Grandpa Higginbottom's Popcorn Balls

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    35 mins

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    Nancy Higginbottom's Note:

    My family made these popcorn balls every year for did my father's family and his father's family before them. A real family tradition! I don't give them out anymore but still make them every year for friends and family. Serving size is for one batch but two brown paper shopping bags full of popped corn will make approximately 150 popcorn balls. Younger children should be very careful because they can burn their hands when making these. Teenagers are much more suited for the job! Enjoy!

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    1. 1
      Mix vinegar, water and sugar in a large saucepan.
    2. 2
      Cook until brittle when dropped in cold water.
    3. 3
      Add butter and vanilla.
    4. 4
      Make sure you have bowls of ice water on the table, which has been covered with newspaper.
    5. 5
      Pour candy mixture over a very large bowl of popped corn.
    6. 6
      Stir mixture with a large wooden spoon.
    7. 7
      Coat hands with butter.
    8. 8
      (This part gets messy and older children love it!) Working quickly, form balls with your hands.
    9. 9
      If you burn your hand, put directly in ice water.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 01, 2009


      I made exactly as directed but did not like the tang from the vinegar. They are very sweet and tangy, just not my preference. The balls were soggy as well, but I think that is because my large bowl of popcorn and the instructors may not have been the same size. Thank you.

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    • on October 25, 2009


      I wanted to make popcorn balls for a Harvest Party tonight and found I was out of corn syrup. So I chose this recipe. I poured one batch over 6 quarts of popped corn. I put some orange food coloring in the syrup. I also used margarine in place of butter since I have a child who is allergic to milk. I was so surprised at how good these were. It made 24 popcorn balls and I can't stop trying to eat all the little crumbs left in the bowl. Yummy!!!!

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    • on October 30, 2006


      Thanks for your great family recipe Nancy. We are an English family living in Australia, where Halloween is not so popular. But my kids are 5 & 6 so I encourage them to enter into the 'spirit' of all events. I chose your recipe, because I liked the simple sugar, vinegar & water ingredients. We are not big on corn syrup over here, as other recipes called for. I made 12 brains, which I sprinkled with red food colouring - they are scrumptious - whoops, how do I know that? Better leave some for tonight's Halloween gathering. Richelle

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    Nutritional Facts for Grandpa Higginbottom's Popcorn Balls

    Serving Size: 1 (541 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 70.2
    Calories from Fat 4
    Total Fat 0.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.3 g
    Cholesterol 1.2 mg
    Sodium 3.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 16.7 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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