Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Popcorn Balls

Before there was rice-crispy treats, there were Popcorn Balls!

I like making this recipe, because my DH loves them SO much, and says, "They're just like the ones my grandmother used to make!" Believe me, in my husband's family there in no greater compliment! ; )

I made them today, and while I was making thought it would be a good recipe to share.

***Caution*** I would NOT make these with a small child around, because the syrup is SO hot. You pour it at 250 degrees....that's just too hot to take chances with.

Caution ended...on to the recipe!

Popcorn Balls (Like Grandma used to make!)

4 quarts popped corn
1/2 cup molasses
2 cups brown sugar
4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup water
Butter for your hands

Large Bowl
Medium-large saucepan
Candy thermometer
Waxed paper

Put the popped corn in the large bowl, making sure it will be big enough for mixing, too.

Combine the molasses, brown sugar, butter, and water in saucepan.
Bring to a boil, and keep it boiling over low heat until it reaches 250 degrees (this will take about 20 minutes.)

**BE VERY CAREFUL! Make sure your bowl is on a steady trying to balance it on the edge of the sink, or on a crowded counter! You don't want this spilled down your leg!**

Carefully pour the hot syrup into the bowl of popcorn and mix well with a spoon.
Butter your hands well. When the popcorn is cool enough to handle, but still a bit warm so the syrup remains pliable, gather handfulls of popcorn and press into balls.
Work quickly to keep from burning your hands. Re-butter your hands if necessary to keep them from sticking to the syrup (I usually have to butter twice.)
Set the popcorn balls on waxed paper to harden, wrap and store when cool.

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