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Grandma's Caramel Popcorn Balls


"My mom made these delicious popcorn balls when I was growing up. While doing my Christmas candy and cookie baking, I came across her recipe. I made the family recipe for the first time this year. My daughters, grown with their own families, asked why I hadn't made these sooner. Thirty plus years later, this recipe will now be a family tradition at Christmas."
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50 m servings 340 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings (20 balls)

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  1. Sort through popcorn, discarding unpopped kernels.
  2. Combine evaporated milk, sugar, corn syrup, margarine, and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; stir constantly until caramel reaches 246 degrees F (119 degrees C) on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour some popcorn into a very large bowl. Pour in some of the caramel; stir until evenly coated. Add remaining popcorn and caramel in batches, stirring well after each addition.
  4. Scoop some of the popcorn mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Gather and twist the plastic wrap to gently shape into a ball. Place popcorn ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; repeat with remaining mixture. Let cool until set, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 340 calories; 18.5 g fat; 43.2 g carbohydrates; 3.1 g protein; 7 mg cholesterol; 357 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Great recipe, I might suggest a low temp oven bake so it's not too sticky, 225 for 30-45 minutes after the caramel is on the popcorn. Also, it takes well over 5 minutes for the sugar/Karo mixtur...