Popcorn Balls

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
14 popcorn balls
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 18 cups popped corn
Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook over high heat until mixture reaches 255 degrees F (hard-ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour over popped corn, tossing gently to coat. When mixture is cool enough to handle, press popcorn into 3-inch balls with lightly greased hands. Cool completely on waxed paper.


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<p>Excellent recipe, if you follow the steps you will get the results as the picture. I would recommend to have the popcorn in a lasagna rectangle mold and spread the popcorn there and then pour the crystal mix, followed quickly by some pecans or almonds for an extra taste. </p><p>I will use them in small balls for my kids birthday party served in cupcake forms.</p> item not reviewed by moderator and published
.rrwarning: after you pour the liquid over the popcorn you have to mix it REALLY fast or else it sticks to the bottom of the pan and you can't get it of resulting in not enough mixture to make the balls. Also it is very impotant that you cook it for at leats 20 minutes on a high tem or it is too liqouidy and it makes a soggy mess. Ohter than that I like this recipe and the popcorn balls htat you do get out are very good. (my computer typed random things please excuse the erros and the typos) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe, BUT! 225 degrees is not hard crack, cook until 250-260 for best results. I also added 1/4 cup butter and substituted out half the corn syrup for molasses. It came out with a more robust flavor and caramel color that is truly lovely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has a lot of problems. You have to form the balls while the sugar is hot....ouch. And also it's hard to spread the sugar around enough to coat all the popcorn so you end up with half of your popcorn wasted. I wanted to do it with my daughter and I couldn't let her do anything but pick up the popcorn that fell all over the floor while I desperately tried to clump the popcorn together. And then they were too hard to eat. I'm switching back to the marshmallow version...I guess some things go out of style for a reason. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made 4 batches of these! They are WONDERFUL...I had to cook my sugars for about 15-20 minutes and I used a higher meet thermometer...and I also let the mixture sit about 5 minutes before I shaped them. I got 11-13 per batch! AWESOME! Thanks so much! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were just like the ones I made growing up! Thanks for recipe! FYI if your are soggy you did not cook liquid long enough takes me almost 30 minutes to get temp right but we'll worth it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
complete soggy mess item not reviewed by moderator and published
THB THE BEST RECIPE IVE HAD FOR A LONG TIME item not reviewed by moderator and published
Soggy mess here also! Terrible recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ours turned into a soggy mess--added more popcorn, but it didn't help. Worst recipe ever. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Joseph, try coating a big metal spoon with cooking spray and let your daughter stir it fast and a lot... she'll have to use her muscles!! Dig down deep and get the goo at the bottom, it will cover it all nicely, don't give up! Then, get on disposable glove, spray them with cooking spray and go into form balls with only the tips of your fingers,portion onto greased paper, use spoon if necessary. THEN, once portioned, go and press them hard with your while hand, by this time they are cooler. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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