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A recipe for old fashioned popcorn balls?

Asked by Jill_E (885points) August 21st, 2007

My family lost a recipe on making popcorn balls. This was a long tradition to making it around the holidays. I remember it is made out of molasses and cream of tartar and other ingredients (heated to candy making temperature) and pour over popped popcorn, and use butter to press into balls. I believe this recipe was based in my dad's native Maine state. If I could make something similar, I think that would be a great gift for my dad for christmas and to show to his grandchildren (my niece, nephews and son)

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* 2 cups white sugar
* 1½ cups water
* ½ cup light corn syrup
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 5 quarts popped popcorn
* 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
* ½ teaspoon salt


1. Butter the sides of a large saucepan. In the sauce pan combine the sugar, water, salt, corn syrup and vinegar. Cook over medium heat to the hard ball stage 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Stir in the vanilla and slowly pour the hot mixture over the popped popcorn, stirring just to mix well.
2. Butter hands lightly and shape into balls. Mixture will be hot so be careful. Place balls on waxed paper to cool.

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