Friday, October 10, 2008

Popcorn Balls

Traditional Halloween treats that really are the taste of the season.
- Yield 12 to 14 popcorn balls -

* 2 cup sugar
* 1 1/3 cup water
* 1/2 cup light corn syrup
* 1 teaspoon white vinegar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 18 cup popped corn
1.In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook over high heat until mixture reaches 255 degrees F (hard-ball stage) on a candy thermometer.
2.Stir in vanilla. Pour over popped corn, tossing gently to coat.
3.When mixture is cool enough to handle, press popcorn into 3-inch balls with lightly greased hands. Cool completely on wax paper.
Courtesy of Paula Deen