Took a LONG time to get to the "hard crack" stage, but having reached it eventually, the end result is correct (crunchy balls with a little chew left in the finish). Recipe says "salt to taste". I followed the 3 tsp recommendation of another reviewer and found them WAAAAAAY too salty - and I LIKE sweet-salty combos!!! Now I have a batch of (to me) barely edible balls. I even tried to dust them with sugar to even out the salty edge. My 4 yr old doesn't even care for them. I think my 16 year old and his budz will find a way to mow through them, however. Next batch = WAAAY less salt! BTW, the I made 2 batches of 1/2 cup uncooked popcorn (1cup total), and could have used more popped corn. I lost some syrup to boil over, and still had more syrup-to-popcorn ratio than I would have preferred. Depends how candy covered you like your popcorn. Next time I think I'll do two 3/4 cup (unpopped) batches. May take some experimentation to balance the flavor and ratios "to taste".
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Took a LONG time to get to the "hard crack" stage, but having reached it eventually, the end...