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Title: Popcorn Balls
Post by: sparks on October 29, 2014, 06:57:03 PM
   Anyone got good directions for these?

Mom used to make them for Halloween using plain white popcorn and a pile of sugar, water, and something else???

And there was something about the 'highball' temp cooking the goo to make the stuff sticky enough to hold the popcorn together.

Mom never wrapped them up, just clasped together by hand and let them cool.

Title: Re: Popcorn Balls
Post by: rick91351 on October 29, 2014, 07:15:49 PM

BTW we made them I remember with a touch of cider vinegar just a hint wow they were good.
Title: Re: Popcorn Balls
Post by: flyingvan on October 30, 2014, 03:04:51 AM
Any time you're caramelizing sugar you gotta add some sort of long chain polysaccharide (corn syrup, molasses, even pancake syrup)to get the whole thing going.  Just a teaspoon.  Keep stirring on medium heat---after it bubbles up a bit just keep dipping a tip of a spoon in it then in cold water.  When it hardens in the cold water it's time-- add a little baking soda.  The rapid change in Ph will make it foam up and coat the popcorn better.  Oh and keep your popcorn hot in the oven.  I have two large metal salad bowls to dump the popcorn in, add the foamed carmelized sugar to, then invert one bowl on the other and shake the heck out of it to coat everything evenly.  Butter up your hands and start forming balls.  You can add food color to the sugar mixture too if you want
Title: Re: Popcorn Balls
Post by: Pine Cone on October 30, 2014, 05:30:30 PM
Popcorn balls were a Halloween staple in the neighborhood I grew up in.  The Lewis family who lived two houses up from ours made them every year, just like the Brown's ran a BBQ and gave out hot dogs with spooky music in the yard. 

Haven't had one in years...
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