Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Caramel Popcorn Balls

8 cups of popped corn (1/2 cup unpopped corn)

*I just used 1 package of butterless microwave popcorn and it was exactly 8 cups.

waxed paper squares

cooking spray


3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter


1. Pop corn and place in a large bowl

2. In a saucepan, combine sugars, corn syrup, water, vinegar, and salt. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan; heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring all of the time. Cook until mixture reaches 260F.

3. Reduce heat to low; stir in butter until melted. Pour syrup over corn in a thin stream. Stir until well coated. Cool slightly.

4. While the caramel corn is cooling, cut squares of waxed paper and spray them with cooking spray. (Note: I've never tried this but I think it's a good idea. Even though the caramel corn has so much butter in it, it still sticks to the waxed paper - TRUST ME on this one! haha)

5. Butter your hands. Scoop a small handful of popcorn mixture and form into a 3" ball. Place on a square of waxed paper, twist and turn paper to close. *It is key to seal up the popcorn balls at this point. Do NOT let them cool before you do this or they will harden and turn into rocks.

Yield: 16 popcorn balls
*I found this recipe here :) Enjoy!

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