Popcorn Balls ~~Jessica Christensen
2 quarts popped popcorn ¼ cup butter
1 cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup corn syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup water
Place popcorn in a baking pan and keep warm in a 200* oven while preparing syrup. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, butter, and salt. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking without stirring until the temperature reaches 270* on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, stir just enough to mix. Slowly pour over the popcorn. Cool just enough to handle. Shape the balls with buttered hands. Yields 1 dozen.
Jessica’s note- I didn’t have a candy thermometer so I just continued to let it boil without stirring for awhile. This could be why I couldn’t really make them into balls… So I just stuck the pan in the oven for 45 minutes and stirred it every 10-15 minutes. It still didn’t come out very firm, so then I put it in cupcake papers and it hardened up when it cooled.