Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Popcorn Balls - Treat for Tuesday

The "kids" still like helping me make popcorn balls. And this is an ancient family recipe I'm sharing with all my blogging buddies.



Okay, I know they're a little lopsided but so are my pumpkins :) They're supposed to look like Jack-o-lanterns. Use your imagination . . .

POPCORN BALLS

INGREDIENTS:

2 and ½ quarts popcorn
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
½ cup white corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
½ teaspoon vanilla (or orange extract)
(Food Coloring: 1 teaspoon Red and 2 teaspoons Yellow to create orange)

(OPTIONAL: Chocolate Chips, green gum drops, raisins and red licorice)

Heat water, vinegar, extract and white corn syrup over medium heat, add in food coloring

Slowly add in sugar and salt until sugar is dissolved. Bring mixture to a boil – let boil 3 minutes.

Pour mixture over popcorn – in a metal mixing bowl, stir with metal spoon (mixture will be hot) When cooled a bit, shape into balls and place on wax paper or silpat sheet. Decorate them with green gum drop tops, raisin or chocolate chips for eyes and licorice for the mouth. Or, you can try whatever ideas you come up with.

You can also make ghosts out of the popcorn balls. You just don't use food coloring. These are fun and OH SO YUMMY!

12 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Oh YUM! Thanks Kim.

Deb@RGRamblings said...

These look good! Love the dog, mine does the same when there is popcorn in the works--ever hopeful!

Lily Robinson said...

When I was a kid, popcorn balls was a favorite drop in my trick-or-treat bag! Then one year someone got their mouth cut on a razor blade and the whole world changed...

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That's about my favorite way to eat popcorn!

Amy Tate said...

Thank you for the recipe, Kim! My kids will love this.

MG Higgins said...

Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait to try it.

Des said...

We will make these tonight. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kelly said...

Looks fun and yummy!

Rena said...

They look great!

adrienne said...

I see the dog wants to 'help' too! Those look great.

Kim Kasch said...

I didn't even notice the dog until I looked at the picture. She's always at our feet hoping we'll drop some yummy tidbits for her.

I guess that says we slobs. Oh well, it keeps her happy.

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