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Uncle Truman's Popcorn Balls Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Margaret Vigil - Finance
Added: Sunday, February 25, 2007

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
½ tsp. salt
2 c. white sugar
2 c. corn syrup
2 T. butter
1 tsp. vinegar

After cooking above:
½ tsp. soda
1 T. hot water
2 T. vanilla
8 qts. white popcorn - popped

Directions:
Directions:
Cook slowly first five ingredients until clear. Turn on high and do not stir. Cook until it reaches “softball” stage on candy thermometer. Dissolve ½ tsp soda in 1 Tbsp. hot water and add to syrup after removing from burner. Add vanilla. Pour over 8 quarts of lightly salted white popcorn. Stir to coat well. Start making popcorn balls while still hot with well buttered hands. Cool on waxed paper. Store in plastic bag or bowl with a lid.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
My Uncle was famous for his popcorn balls. He would mail them to friends and family every Christmas and also personally deliver to all his friends in the neighborhood. One can only imagine how many batches he would make. Unfortunately, he passed away in October 2006 and there were no popcorn balls that year.

 

 

 

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