Last night Stella had a sleepover at her friend Mateo’s. Usually when Mateo sleeps over here we all make pizza together – so why would Mateo think that I would not come to his house and make pizza there for them? A night alone is a treasure for me and the last thing that I wanted to do was go over to his house and make dinner. Instead Stella and I decided to make popcorn balls for a treat for when they watched their movie. This was a first for both of us – but we had a lot of fun and I think we will most definitely be doing this again and experimenting with the coating.
Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls
1/4 cup popcorn
2 Tbl oil (olive or coconut)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt (only if butter is unsalted)
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup (we used a combination of corn syrup, molasses and honey)
1/3 cup water
2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
3. When the popcorn is done transfer to a baking pan and place in the oven.
4. Combine the butter, salt, sugar, corn syrup and water into a sauce pan. Cook on medium heat – stirring until it boils. Once it boils stop stirring and let the syrup cook. The syrup needs to reach 270 degrees – if you do not have a thermometer – you can drop a spoonful of the syrup into a cup of cold water – if the syrup turns into hard, stringy looking pieces you are good to go. Stella mis-read the ingredients to me and I ended up putting 1 cup of water in – so it took much longer to cook and get to temperature. I could not find my thermometer so I used the water trick – not sure if you can see it in the photo.
6. Allow the popcorn and syrup to cool – so that you can handle. Butter your hands and start forming your popcorn balls. Place them on wax paper. Should make about 10 or so good sized popcorn balls. I then wrapped them individually and sent them with Stella – they were delicious!