Years ago I had a wonderful neighbor who for Halloween made all of the kids in the neighborhood popcorn balls. She also made cookies and we could go over once a day to get one of them. They were the best!
A few years ago at a garage sale I found a set of popcorn ball makers in two sizes, they were dark red and made by Jolly Time popcorn. I ran across them the other day and decided to try them out. One of the reasons I never liked making popcorn balls was you need to work very fast to make the balls while the syrup is still pretty warm.
- 5 qt. popcorn
- 2 C. sugar
- 1 1/2 C. water
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 C. light corn syrup
- 1 t. vinegar
- 1 t. vanilla
- Keep popcorn hot and crisp in a slow 300 degrees oven.
- Combine sugar, water, salt, corn syrup and vinegar. Cook to hard boil stage (250 degrees). Add vanilla.
- Pour slowly over popcorn. Mix well to coat and form into balls.
- Makes 15 to 20 Night of the living popcorn balls.
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