Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Popcorn Balls

We all like popcorn - especially the savory kind - lots of butter and salt or even coated in cheese.
This is different and makes a lovely sweet treat.  ideal for children's parties or just to have when sitting around watching a good movie!
1 cup unpopped - pop in the ususal way
1/4 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup  syrup (flavour of your choice - honey, maple, caramel)
1 teaspoon butter
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Pop popcorn, salt to taste. Combine all other ingredients except soda in a saucepan. Boil to the soft boil stage (use a  candy thermometer if you have one ). When you reach soft boil stage, stir in baking soda. Pour caramel sauce over popped corn.

To make popcorn balls, wait until cool enough to handle. Coat your hands with butter. Form balls, but don't pack. Wrap in plastic wrap. Enjoy!
These do last for a few days wrpped this way so can be made ahead but are better fresh.