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Favorite Popcorn Balls


20 cups popped corn

2 cups sugar

2/3 cup light corn syrup

2/3 cup boiling water

1 tablespoon white vinegar

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup candy corn, small gumdrops or salted peanuts

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Place popcorn in large bowl or roasting pan; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine sugar, corn syrup, boiling water and vinegar in 3-quart heavy saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in cream of tartar. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally 15-18 minutes or until mixture reaches 270°F or small amount dropped in ice water forms a hard but elastic strand. Remove from heat; add butter, soda and vanilla. Stir until butter is melted and mixture is combined.

  3. STEP 3

    Pour syrup mixture over popcorn. (Mixture will be very hot.) Stir until all popcorn is coated. Gently stir in candy.

  4. STEP 4

    Shape, using buttered hands and working quickly, about 1 cup popcorn mixture into a ball. Place onto waxed paper. Repeat with remaining popcorn. Cool completely.

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