Popcorn balls make a hot, messy treat for adults and kids

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Popcorn balls make a hot, messy treat for adults and kids

Popcorn Balls

Servings: Makes 3 dozen balls

Note: A candy thermometer is needed for this recipe.



Ingredients:



20 cups popped corn (about ¾ cup popping corn)

4 cups Corn Pops cereal

3 cups sugar

1½ cups corn syrup

1 stick butter

½ cup water

1½ teaspoons vanilla

1 tablespoon salt

Method:



In a large, lightly oiled bowl, toss the cooked popcorn and cereal. Set aside.

Lightly oil a sheet pan and set it aside, too.

In a large pot, combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, water and vanilla. Cook over high heat until mixture reaches hard-crack stage (300 F).

Remove from heat, stir in salt, then pour over dry ingredients, mixing quickly and carefully. Pour mixture onto the oiled sheet pan.

Oil your hands a little and quickly mold the mixture into balls about 2 inches wide. Let cool completely.

Balls can be stored in airtight container for several days.

Add peanuts or spices to your popcorn balls, if you like.



Recipe adapted from Food & Wine magazine.

Popcorn balls make a hot, messy treat for adults and kids

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