There is something rather charming and wonderful about keeping old traditions alive...that will always keep us connected to our hearts and to each other.
This Christmas season how about getting in your kitchen and making good Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls...fun for the whole family to make together!
" Because nothing says love...like something homemade"
OLD-FASHIONED POPCORN BALLS
makes about 20
18 cups popped popcorn
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
Prepare your popcorn...popping the right amount. Remove all corn kennels that did not pop... from popped popcorn. Put popcorn in a greased 17 x 12 x 2 inch baking or roasting pan.
For the syrup mixture...butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In saucepan combine sugar...water...corn syrup...vinegar and salt. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils..stirring to dissolve sugar...about 6 minutes. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of saucepan Reduce heat to medium...continue boiling at a moderate steady rate...stirring occasionally...until the thermometer registers 250 degrees F...known as the hard-ball stage...about 20 minutes.
Remove saucepan from heat...and remove the thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour syrup mixture over the popcorn and stir gently to coat. Cool until the popcorn mixture can be handled easily. With buttered hands...quickly shape the mixture into 2 1/2 inch diameter balls. Wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap. Enjoy this old-fashioned Christmas treat!
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