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2/3 clight karo syrup
1/2 cbutter or margarine
1 1/2 tspvanilla extract (not imitation)
6 qtpopcorn (popped)
How to Make Popcorn Balls
- Mix sugar, Karo syrup, water, margarine, and salt in a saucepan.
- Cook until mixture becomes brittle when tried in cold water (270 degrees) on a candy thermometer. Make sure the mixture is only stirred occasionally to keep from sticking on the bottom. Otherwise, it will turn to sugar.
- Add vanilla and stir.
- Pour slowly over the popped corn; mix well. I use a wooden spoon to toss lightly using the over and under method (stirring will crush the popcorn).
- Grease fingers generously with butter and form into medium-sized balls. I toss them from hand to hand quickly to keep the mixture from burning my hands! Working fast to make the balls is the key to success! The mixture hardens quickly.