Crazy Good Popcorn Balls

St. Patricks Day is Saturday.

Honestly . . . I wear green and bake green . . . but that seems to be it.

My Mom always made SHEPHERD’S PIE - so I do as well.

I love the cheesy mashed potatoes on the top!

A few days ago, I made crazy good . . . green popcorn balls.

These happen to be a family favorite . . . and I tend – to pretend that they don’t have any calories.

My sweet half also eats them!

In fact, he said:  “You could make these more often.”

So . . . when the green ones were gone,

I made PINK ONES!

They are also gone!

These balls stay nice & chewy for days.  Just keep them in a large zip-loc bag.

Make sure that when you press the mixture into balls, that you don’t press them too tightly.

Hint:  If you form the balls with light pressure . . . they will never turn to sugar!

If you need a tutorial, just click here:  Popcorn Ball Tutorial

Just in case you need more Green in your kitchen, here are some other treats I’ve made for St. Patrick’s day.

Enjoy.

MARSHMALLOW SWIRL BROWNIES

MACARONS

LIME BARS

BROWNIE POPS

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THE PERFECT POPCORN BALLS

Yield:  12 to 15 popcorn balls

YOU WILL NEED:
5 to 6 Qts. popped popcorn
(this depends on the syrup to popcorn ratio that you like!)
3 cups sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 cup water
3/4 cup butter
3/4 tsp. salt
2 teaspoons vanilla.
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Put popcorn in a large, deep buttered baking pan. Keep warm in the oven. (I usually don’t do this, but it’s a good idea)
Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, butter and salt in a large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar is WELL dissolved. Cook until mixture reaches 250 F on a candy thermometer, stirring frequently. ( I use the cold water method, and cook it until it reaches a soft ball stage). Remove from heat. Quickly stir in the vanilla. Remove popcorn from the oven. Pour syrup mixture over the popcorn, stirring to mix well. Grease you fingers with butter, and form into balls. Place on wax paper to cool. I store mine in large Ziploc bags. They will stay chewy good, for a long time.

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