I started making popcorn balls last year.
I've always loved them, and they're so festive, and really super-duper easy to make.
This year I tried a different recipe that I found on allrecipes.com, titled "Grandpa's Popcorn Balls" (which makes me giggle. Not gonna lie.)
SO, last night I set to work.
You will need:
2 cups white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
salt to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
"In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter and water. Stir and heat to hard-crack stage or 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Remove from heat, add vanilla; mix well."
I will add that it is SO KEY to get it to 300 degrees F. That's the secret to good candy and fudge. Consistency is everything. Get yourself a candy thermometer. So inexpensive and so worth it.
"Pour slowly over popped popcorn while stirring. Wait 5 minutes and shape into 3 inch round balls."
I now have to tell you that basically I waited too long to shape it into the balls...the popcorn on the bottom basically stuck to the confection-y stuff and so some of it went to waste, because it couldn't be shaped into balls.
And two more essentials for fall baking:
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