"A favorite treat, very popular with my family, hope it's just as popular with yours." — LYNNELEZOTTE
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1 1/2 cups
light corn syrup
distilled white vinegar
helpful hint: when making mixture get a glass of cold water, drip mixture in and listen to it, if it crackles, its ready, just do this often you don't want your candy to burn! it works and they come out great. we love them
These were a disaster for me too. )o: Seemed like I had to cook and stir the syrup mixture forever and then it "sugared" after just a few hours. My girlfriend said, she loved ME but these were the worst popcorn balls she'd ever had! Ugh! Going to try a batch that calls for butter.....
All of the one star/negative reviews are obviously from people who are not willing to invest the necessary time to make this recipe. To say "it never did reach hard ball stage" is a ridiculous statement. As with any taffy-type candy, it takes a while, but of course it will eventually reach that stage. I made the popcorn balls this afternoon and they turned out great. The only thing I may do differently next time is to take the candy to crack stage so it is a bit more brittle (personal preference). Thanks for this good old fashioned recipe, Lynne.
I loved this recipe, it tasted just like my grandmother's popcorn balls. I think those who tried this recipe and did not wait long enough for the sugar mixture to turn to hardball stage, just did not wait long enough. It did take quite some time to get to that point over a medium/low fire but it did reach the hardball stage. The end result was WONDERFUL and the mixture did not "sugar" after it had set for a few hours...they were perfect and tasted wonderful, just like Grandma's.
Thank you Lynne for posting this recipe.
This was a fun one!!! I made two batches in one hour and the party loved them... I ate 8 myself... I had no idea what the hardening stage was until it happened.. then i waited bout ten more minutes to make sure and made the batch in a CLEAN kitchen sink and i was done with in an hour.. with two batches... honestly.. try the sink
I did this recipe for my children and never made popcorn balls before. I added yellow food coloring to the candy mix and candy corn to the popcorn before the candy mix was added and shaped them like corn on the cob for Thanksgiving. I love the recipe thanks so much. Angie
The trick to getting this recipe is a thermometer! They came out ok, but a little chewier than I like.
For those having trouble with the syrup, DON'T cook over medium heat! It will take too long and you won't have a workable syrup. Mix, enough to combine, then let it cook over high heat (and yes, it's still going to take about 10-15 min.). Watch it carefully! (mine jumped from 220* to 250* in about 10 seconds)Good luck!
Couldn't get it to the hard ball stage. The mixture is WAY to watery. Must have gotten mixed up. Looking for another recipe.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Serving Size: 1/15 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 220
** Calories from Fat: 57
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